On January 25, the Vida Guitar Quartet will present an eclectic program of arrangements of classic European and South American fare, plus a medley of hits from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. “Personable, humorous and engaging,” the Vida Guitar Quartet are four of the UK’s most exceptional guitarists, appearing on North America’s and Europe’s most prestigious stages for classical guitar.
Renowned as educators and for their innovative outreach, they mentor and inspire the world’s largest youth guitar education program in the UK and delight audiences with their passionate recital programs.
Sérgio Assad — Uarekena
Antonio Vivaldi — Concerto for Four Violins Op.3 No.10 RV580
Franz Schubert — Fantasy in F minor, D.940
Francis Poulenc — Sonata for Piano Four Hands
Joaquín Turina — La Oración del Torero
Heitor Villa-Lobos — Bachianas Brasileiras No.5, Aria (with guest soprano Paula Malone)
Leonard Bernstein — West Side Story medley
Mambo - Maria - Tonight - Somewhere - I Feel Pretty - America
All programs subject to change
“Vida conjure up an orchestral palette of colour and effects . . . they play with technical brilliance and precise ensemble, creating alternately smoky and glittering colours in Falla’s El amor brujo that suit the gypsy heart of the music so well.
“Vida sparkled with vitality and spontaneity, weaving a rich tapestry of colour and breathtaking range of dynamics and percussive effects that held the audience spellbound . . . the visual interplay between them enhancing an already superb performance. These are outstanding musicians, if you can, go hear them play.”
“Their range of timbres and colouration is so broad that one really does forget that there are four identical instruments. Their dynamic control, which ranges from an almost inaudible pianissimo to ranging fortissimos, is impressive.”
International Record Review
“A crossover Fab Four . . . the electrifying Vida Quartet gave [the Beatles] a run for their money . . . The capacity audience took every opportunity to praise the quartet—standing, shouting, and clapping with gusto.”
South Florida Classical Review