By Jennifer Lugo – Collegiate Staff
The Music Program at Grand Rapids Community College has been known to present world renowned solos and ensembles from different countries across the globe with the International Guitar Series. Today, “The Canadian Guitar Quartet” is the featured group.
“We try to present high quality music and make connections to try to show Grand Rapids what the rest of the world is doing,” said Brian Morris, music professor at GRCC, specializing in guitar. “The music program at GRCC has been accredited by The National Association of Schools of Music.”
So far, the 2014-15 series has included “The California Guitar Trio,” Russian Guitarist, Anton Baranov, and classical guitarist Robert Gruca.
When Morris heard the Quartet will be playing at The Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival in Ft. Wayne, Indiana this weekend, he took the opportunity to ask Candaleria if the group would perform here in Grand Rapids.
The group has been featured on numerous radio and television programs and in magazines. The four members are Julien Bisaillon, Renaud Cote, Bruno Roussel, and Louis Trepanier.
Morris is excited about the event. It will be his first time hearing the group perform live.
“It’s going to be fabulous,” Morris said. “They will be playing some Brazilian music and pieces from the Classical Period. But what I’m really excited about is that they will be playing a lot of newer music written for them by Patrick Roux, a well-known composer.”
The program includes six pieces. “Concierto Tradicionuevo,” is one of pieces Morris is looking forward to especially.
“I think it is a great opportunity to have such a known guitar ensemble here in Grand Rapids,” Morris said. “It’s a cheap, fun event for students, and I encourage people to go.”
The show will take place this week at 7:30 p.m., tonight, in room 200 of the Recital Hall, room 200 of the Music Center located on the corner of Lyon and Ransom. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, and $15 for adults. One dollar parking will be available in the GRCC student parking ramp with a GRCC guest parking voucher sold at the door.