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Canadian Guitar Quartet in concert Dec. 8

December 6, 2013

Canadian Guitar Quartet in concert Dec. 8

Dec. 6, 2013

The Department of Music at Skidmore College will present the Canadian Guitar Quartet in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Arthur Zankel Music Center as part of the Filene Concert Artists Series.

Consisting of Julien Bisaillon, Philip Candelaria, Bruno Roussel, and Louis Trépanier, the Canadian Guitar Quartet has toured extensively in North and South America, and has established a reputation as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world. The CGQ has often been featured on both English and French national CBC networks, on national broadcasts in Chile and Austria, and on a “Classical Guitar Alive” web cast from the United States.

Portrait I, the CGQ’s debut CD, is “…quite impressive. Their tight ensemble and group virtuosity make them competitive with the best quartets,” according to the American Record Guide. “One cannot imagine better ensemble playing,” wrote Robert McColley of Fanfare magazine. On March 24, 2005, the group’s second CD, Les Scènes de Quartiers, was awarded “Le Prix Trille Or” for instrumental album of the year by the Association des Professionnels de la Chanson et de la Musique. According to Paul Ingram of Fanfare magazine, “This is really exciting, exhilarating chamber-music-playing … If guitars or tangos appeal, then buy this CD and be delighted.”

The CGQ has been featured on a Bravo channel TV special as well as in the March 2007 issue of England’s Classical Guitar magazine. On Dec. 8, 2007, the CGQ’s New York City debut on the 92nd Street Y’s “Art of the Guitar” series was enthusiastically received with several standing ovations. Wrote Don Witter Jr. of the New York City Classical Guitar Society, “The Canadian Guitar Quartet made one of the greatest New York City debuts of any artistic ensemble in decades … STUNNING!”

Admission for the Dec. 8 Canadian Guitar Quartet concert is free for students and children, $8 adults, and $5 seniors and Skidmore community. For advance reservations or information please click here or call the Zankel box office (518) 580-5321 for more information. The Zankel Music Center is wheelchair accessible and offers listening devices for the hearing impaired.

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