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The College of Music presents the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Loyola press release - March 17, 2000

Recognized as one of America’s premier in-strumental ensembles, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is one of the most charismatic and versatile groups performing today. Popularly known as the LAGQ, these four virtuosi bring a new energy to the concert stage with their eclectic programs and dynamic musical interplay. 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.

The quartet will perform at Loyola on Tuesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Roussel Hall. General admission is $20, and $10 for Loyola community members with valid ID.

The LAGQ has set new standards for the guitar quartet medium. The LAGQ has appeared on prestigious guitar and chamber music series at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and New York’s Lincoln Center and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. They have been featured on the Hong Kong, Singapore and Istanbul International Arts Festivals. Highlights of the 97-98 season included appearances in Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, Jacksonville, Richmond, Austin, Fort Worth, and at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. They also toured throughout Japan, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

In recent seasons, the LAGQ has been guests on Minnesota Public Radio’s "St. Paul Sunday Morning," and was featured soloist in a nationally broadcast performance with the Boston Pops on PBS’s "Evening at Pops." The LAGQ has also been featured on CNN’s "Show Biz Today," "CBS Saturday Morning" and A&E Network’s "Breakfast With the Arts." The 98-99 season took them on a U.S. tour including Baltimore, St. Louis, Seattle, Louisville, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and Kansas City. International highlights included appearances in Montreal, Munich, Berlin, Paris, Singapore, Manila, Shanghai and Beijing.

The Quartet records for Sony Classical and their recent release "L.A.G.Q." debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard Classical-Crossover charts.