The four male members of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet sitting at a table, drinking coffee and smiling with a colorful mural and plants in the background

Friday, April 14, 2017

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will perform April 21 as part of Northeastern Illinois University’s Jewel Box Series. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall on the Main Campus, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ) is one of the most multifaceted groups in any genre. The LAGQ is comprised of four uniquely accomplished musicians bringing a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from bluegrass to Bach. Their inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world-music realms continually break new ground.

LAGC consistently play to sold-out houses worldwide and their Latin, African, Far East, Irish, folk and American classics programs transport listeners around the world in a single concert experience. Their “Don Quixote’” collaboration with Firesign Theatre veteran actor Philip Proctor continues to expand and delight audiences, and the work “SHIKI: Seasons of Japan,” written for the LAGQ plus guitar orchestra by composer Shingo Fujii, is connecting communities across the nation.

The winner of a 2005 Grammy Award, their “Guitar Heroes” CD released on Telarc is a brilliant follow-up to their Grammy nominated "LAGQ: Latin.” “Spin” (Telarc, 2006) continues their explorations of jazz and contemporary music. “LAGQ Brazil” (Telarc, 2007), including collaborations with vocalist Luciana Souza, was released to rave reviews, and their newest recording of the Rodrigo “Concierto Andaluz” and Sergio Assad’s “Interchange,” written specifically for them, was released on Telarc in 2010 and quickly climbed to top spot on the Billboard charts. The live DVD of "The Ingenious Gentleman: Don Quixote" was released on the Mel Bay label in 2012.


Music from the Time of Cervantes
“El Villano”
Antonio Martín y Coll
“Diferéncias Sobre Las Folias”
Antonio Martín y Coll
“Chacona (La Vida Bona)”
Juan Arañéz
“Oy Comamos”
Juan de Encina

Brandenburg Concerto #6, BWV 1051
Johann Sebastian Bach             

Three Brazilian Pieces
“Da Sábado pra Dominguihnos”
Hermeto Pascoal
“O Lenda da Caboclo”
Heitor Villa-Lobos
“Samba Novo”
Baden Powell

Phillip Houghton      

“La soirée dans Grenade”
Claude Debussy

Carmen Suite
Georges Bizet 

This performance is a part of the Jewel Box Series, an eight-concert professional performing arts series presented by Northeastern’s Office of Cultural Events.

Tickets are $25, $17.50 and $5 and can be purchased online or by calling (773) 442-4636. Parking permits are required.