Georgia Guitar Quartet, Robert Sims to perform

The Georgia Guitar QuartetNIU’s School of Music will welcome The Georgia Guitar Quartet for a 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, performance with voice professor Robert Sims at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11. The concert will take place in the Recital Hall of the NIU Music Building.

The Georgia Guitar Quartet delivers a high-energy blend of breathtaking virtuosity and imaginative programming while taking an adventurous approach to classical music.

Borrowing from the past and present, the GGQ draw inspiration from the ever-evolving palette of music that has influenced them: classical masters such as Bach and Brahms, experimentalists in the vein of Cage, Bartok and Stockhausen, and contemporary rock icons such as Radiohead and Led Zeppelin.

Audiences at a GGQ concert experience an exciting musical journey through an expansive array of genres, continents and time periods. Rousing Irish folk music and late Impressionistic masterpieces share the stage, while the sublime beauty of Chopin rubs shoulders with ground-breaking contemporary works.

Accomplished composers themselves, the quartet frequently incorporates its own unique works into increasingly dynamic concert programs. The incredible range and interactive spontaneity of a performance by the GGQ continually leaves audiences with something to remember, resulting in a thrilling new way to experience music in the 21st century.

Robert SimsSims, Gold Medal winner of the American Traditions Competition, has been hailed by critics for his rich tone, energetic performances and convincing stage presence.

He has been highly praised for his moving interpretations of African-American spirituals, and has given numerous recitals of them throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He recently made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall, and has performed in concert at Lincoln Center in New York, the Smithsonian Institution, the Los Angeles African American Museum, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, the Chicago Historical Society, the Latour de France International Music Festival in France and the celebrated American Church in Paris.

Under the auspices of the Community Concerts and Live On Stage Series, he performed more than 150 recitals throughout the United States.

Sims has appeared with many orchestras in this country, and toured Japan with the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra where he was featured in a nationally televised performance of Bernstein’s Opening Prayer. He has appeared with Mercedes Ellington and David Baker in Duke Ellington’s My People and The Sacred Concerts and has shared the stage with the legendary Odetta in a duo concert of spirituals and blues.

The concert is free and open to the public. The NIU Music Building, 300 Lucinda Ave., is accessible to all.

For more information, contact Lynn Slater at (815) 753-1546 or lslater@niu.edu.

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