March 11, 2014 , BY Kathryn Kopchik

Dublin Guitar Quartet

Dublin Guitar Quartet will perform on Wednesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre in downtown Lewisburg. The performance, presented by the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell, is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.  

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the performance. Prior to the concert, members of the Quartet will participate in a pre-performance talk from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m.  

The Quartet — Brian Bolger, Pat Brunnock, David Creevy and Tomas O'Durcain — is the first classical guitar quartet devoted to new music. Since its formation at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama, DGQ has worked to expand the limited repertoire by commissioning new works and adapting modern masterpieces from outside of the guitar repertoire.  

With the help of eight- and 11-string guitars, the quartet has created an original catalog of arrangements by composers such as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Arvo Part and Gyorgy Ligeti.  

Recent activity includes a forthcoming release on Philip Glass's Orange Mountain Music label, and a new 25-minute commission by New York's Michael Gordon. The ensemble is also included on a recent recording performing Arvo Part's Summa. The quartet worked with the composer in making the arrangement and received guidance during the recording process. The arrangement will be published by the composer's own publisher Universal Edition.

In 2010 the quartet were involved in a very special performance of Repentance for cello, guitar trio and double bass by Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, who was present as they joined the Russian cellist Ivan Monighetti in a concert in St. Peter's Church, Drogheda. DGQ's recording of this work was released on the LCMS label in March 2012. In 2008, the quartet shared the stage with American composer Philip Glass in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dundalk, and two years later, DGQ performed the entire set of Philip Glass quartets to great acclaim.  

Dublin Guitar Quartet has been successful in bringing new music to new audiences, playing alongside rock groups such as The Redneck Manifesto (Dublin) and Final Fantasy (Canada); performing in venues such as Vicar St., Whelan's of Wexford Street, Project Arts Centre, Crawdaddy,and the Roisin Dubh in Galway. The quartet was also invited to perform at the Crash Ensemble's 10-year anniversary concert in 2010.  

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, Weis Center marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next performance in the Weis Center's 2013–14 Series is a Contemporary Classical performance by Sybarite5 on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. Sybarite5 is the first string quintet ever selected as a winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in its 60-year history. From the moment their bows hit the strings, this quintet of talented, diverse musicians takes the audience on an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules. From Mozart to Radiohead, Sybarite5's eclectic repertoire and dynamic performance style is turning heads throughout the music world.  

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or facebook.com/WeisCenter.

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