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‘Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet’ to perform Feb. 15 in Gloucester


GLOUCESTER—Abingdon Episcopal Church on Route 17 at White Marsh in Gloucester County will host the “Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet” from Brazil in the third concert this season in the Arts at Abingdon Series. The concert will be held Saturday, February 15, at 5 p.m. at the church. Admission is free but a free-will offering will be accepted.

Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet (QGQ) is acclaimed as one of the world’s top guitar ensembles. Composed of Brazilian guitarists Chrystian Dozza, Fabio Ramazzina, Thiago Abdalla and Sidney Molina, QGQ is recognized for its artistic excellence and for its significant contributions to the expansion of guitar quartet repertoire. Over the past 25 years, the group has established a wide canon of original pieces and ambitious arrangements.

The quartet first attracted the attention of international criticism when it was awarded the “Ensemble Prize” at the Havana International Guitar Contest in 1998. Since then, the group has regularly performed in various notable guitar and chamber series in the United States and the world. Following the group’s California debut, the Los Angeles Times wrote: “an aura of purity pervaded the concert of the Brazilian guitar quartet . . . [it] met all the requirements with equanimity and intelligence.”

Quaternaglia’s discography includes seven albums starting in 1995. Most recently they recorded “Quaternagli” in 2006, a DVD recorded live.

The quartet has performed in 15 American states including Arizona, California, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Mississippi and Texas, in countries such as Portugal, Spain, Australia, Cuba, Uruguay and Argentina, and in 17 Brazilian states. Quaternaglia has also conducted master classes and lectures at various institutions including Yale University, the Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University at Bloomington), and the Coimbra Conservatory.