An internationally recognized touring classical guitar quartet which excels at their own unique arrangements. A musit see!
Formed in 2008, the Texas Guitar Quartet has been hailed as “Impeccable in every respect” by Classical Guitar Magazine. Throughout the United States, China, Central America and Spain, audiences have embraced the quartet for their daring programs, dazzling virtuosity and joyful music making. Recent highlights include performances for the Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra 2016 (Nicaragua), Victoria Bach Festival, Guitar Foundation of America Convention, Festival Internacional del Noreste (Mexico), and Texas Music Festival. During the summer of 2015, the quartet presented a series of concerts in historic cathedrals along the Camino de Santiago, Spain.
The TxGQ recently premiered a landmark new work by lauded American composer Nico Muhly in collaboration with Grammy-winning chamber choir Conspirare, Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and the Dublin Guitar Quartet. The group has pushed the boundaries of the guitar quartet medium by premiering new works by Peter Lieuwen, Mark Anthony Cruz and John Truitt and creating daring arrangements of orchestral works by Mozart, Beethoven and Ravel.
Red, the quartet’s first album, was released to critical acclaim and was praised by Guitar International as a “tremendous accomplishment for the classical guitar...the TxGQ perform with virtuosity, clarity, balance, and a refined character which will no doubt help to establish them as one of today’s leading guitar quartets.” Their latest album, Icon, features the complete 40th Symphony by Mozart and was released in Fall 2017.
The TxGQ has been featured in concertos with the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra (Masetro Marcelo Bussiki), Camerata Bach and Nicaraguan Youth Symphony (Maestro César Bermúdez Rodriguez), Sam Houston State University Symphony Orchestra (Maestro Zachary Carretin) and the Abilene Philharmonic (Maestro David Itkin). They have been part of the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Artist Roster since 2010. The TxGQ is Isaac Bustos, Jonathan Dotson, Jay Kacherski, and Alejandro Montiel.
TEXAS GUITAR QUARTET Program
Isaac Bustos, Jay Kacherski, Alejandro Montiel, Joseph Palmer - guitars
Featuring Julee Kim-Walker - flute
“Barber of Seville” Overture*___________________ Gioachino Rossini (1792 - 1868)
Introduction & Fandango*** _____________________ Luigi Boccherini (1743 - 1805)
Córdoba, from “Cantos de España” Op. 232* _________ Isaac Albéniz (1860 - 1909)
Alborada del Gracioso** _________________________ Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
Fin de Fiesta ________________________________________ John Truitt (b. 1951)
II. Bulerías por tono de minera
Introduction and Scherzo ___________________________ Samuel Zyman (b. 1956)
Did You See the Moon Last Night? ___________________ Matthew Dunne (b. 1959)
Muerte del Angel* _____________________________ Astor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992)
** Isaac Bustos
*** Jeremy Sparks