Brasil Guitar Duo at Mendelssohn Hall April 12

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Experience a blend of Brazilian and classical works with the Brasil Guitar Duo at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at Mendelssohn Hall, at 406 N. Main St., Rockford.

Hailed by Classical Guitar magazine for its “maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity,” and a 2006 winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Brasil Guitar Duo is equally at home on a classical or a world-music series.

Its innovative programming features a seamless blend of traditional and Brazilian works, resulting in a full global touring schedule and a growing catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings.

Brasil Guitar Duo actively strives to expand the repertoire for two guitars, with Douglas Lora contributing works of his own and João Luiz arranging both classical and Brazilian music. Appearing frequently in diverse non-traditional spaces, the duo brings a broad repertoire of classical guitar duos combined with the traditional music of its native land.

Appearing frequently in diverse non-traditional spaces, the duo brings a broad repertoire of classical guitar duos (Bach, Sor, Scarlatti, Debussy, etc.) combined with the traditional music of its native land (choro, samba, maxixe, and baião).

Duo members Luiz and Lora met in São Paulo as teen-age guitar students and have been performing together for more than 15 years. The duo’s primary studies were with Henrique Pinto, along with Fabio Zanon, Paulo Martelli, Sergio Abreu and Alice Artz.

Lora earned his master’s degree at the University of Miami as a student of Dr. Rene Gonzalez. Luiz received his master’s degree from the Mannes College New School for Music under Michael Newman, and is pursuing a doctoral degree at Manhattan School of Music, studying with David Leisner. He teaches guitar at New Jersey City University.

To learn more about Brasil Guitar Duo, visit http://www.brasilguitarduo.org/fr_home.cfm.

Admission is $25 for adults, $10 for students up to age 25. For tickets, call (815) 964-9713, visit www.mendelssohnpac.org, purchase them at the box office (406 N. Main St.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday) or purchase them at the door. All seating is first come, first serve. Proceeds will benefit the musicians and the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center.

Posted April 9, 2014

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