Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

“The world’s hottest classical ensemble or its tightest pop band? However it helps you to think about the LAGQ, keep the emphasis on superlatives for its unrivaled joy, technical élan and questing spirits.” — Los Angeles Times

“Ensemble guitar playing doesn’t doesn’t come any better.” — The Kansas City Star


On November 19, the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will offer a varied program of classical favorites, tracing a broad dramatic arc and emotional journey. For three decades, the LAGQ has set the standard for expression and virtuosity among guitar ensembles. Their acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past while their interpretations from the contemporary realm continually break new ground.

The highlight of the program will be Road to the Sun, written for the LAGQ by guitar legend Pat Metheny.  This six-movement work is a journey through the musical worlds of Metheny, including jazz, groove, ballad, rock and expressionist elements. Not to be missed!

Music from the Time of Cervantes (arr. W. Kanengiser) Program Notes
Anonymous (17th century) Jácaras
Antonio Martín y Coll El Villano
Antonio Martín y Coll Diferéncias Sobre Las Folias
Juan Arañéz Chacona (“La Vida Bona”)
Juan de Encina Oy Comamos

Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, BWV 1051 Program Notes

Three Brazilian Pieces

Program Notes
Hermeto Pascoal Da Sábado pra Dominguihnos
Heitor Villa-Lobos A Lenda do Caboclo
Baden Powell Samba Novo

Phillip Houghton Opals Program Notes

Road to the Sun
(New Jersey Premiere)
Pat Metheny Road to the Sun Program Notes

Watch the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet play a Tarantella:

Watch the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet play music from the time of Cervantes: