NORTH NEWTON, KAN. In Brazil they are called the "Dream Team." When they arrive on the Bethel College campus for their Jan. 25 performance, they'll be carrying not basketballs, but guitars-classical guitars. The Brazilian Guitar Quartet, considered by many to be one of the world's most sought-after guitar ensembles, will perform at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25 in Memorial Hall on the Bethel College campus in North Newton. The performance is the third in the five-concert Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) series for 2003-04. The HBPA concert in North Newton is the only Kansas stop on the ensemble's 15-concert, five-week North American tour in early 2004 during which the quartet will also perform in British Columbia, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Texas. This is the first time the quartet will be featured in the HBPA series.
"The Brazilian Guitar Quartet is a world-class ensemble which offers sensitive renderings of the familiar repertoire as well as an intriguing entry into the music of Brazilian composers," says Bethel College assistant professor of music Christopher Koch, who is a member of the HBPA planning group.
Grammy nominee Paul Galbraith, brothers Edelton and Everton Gloeden, and Tadeau do Amaral make up the ensemble. The quartet formed in 1998 to explore the new possibilities offered by combining traditional six-string instruments with the eight-string guitar developed by quartet member Galbraith. Two of the ensemble's CDs focus on the music and composers of Brazil: "Essencia do Brasil," and "Encantamento." Their CD "Bach: Four Suites for Orchestra" showcases their own arrangements of Bach's complete orchestral suites. The group is scheduled to perform in June at the inaugural World Guitar Congress in Baltimore, Md.
This presentation is supported by the Heartland Arts Fund, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Kansas Arts Commission, as well as foundations, corporations, and individuals in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.
Tickets for the Brazilian Guitar Quartet range from $12 to $15 for adults and $5 to $15 for students. Call (620) 327-8158 or (316) 284-5281 for reservations.
The remaining concerts in the HBPA 2003-04 series are scheduled for Memorial Hall at Bethel College. They include Moscow Chamber Orchestra at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12 and Kansas City Chorale at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 16, 2004.