Candlelight Concerts presents the Brazilian Guitar Quartet in concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. These virtuoso guitarists will offer a program featuring works by Bach, Albeniz, Villa-Lobos, Miranda, Guarnieri and Mignone.
Everton Gloeden, Luiz Mantovani, Tadeu do Amaral and Clemer Andreotti have worldwide reputations as solo artists. Together, this quartet has shaped a dynamic artistic identity, particularly through its inclusion of the eight-string guitar developed by Paul Galbraith, one of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet's founding members.
Extending the six-string guitar's range has enabled the ensemble to traverse into far-reaching musical territory. While tomorrow's program features the music of 20th- century Brazil, it also includes forays into unexpected terrain.
The guitar is rarely associated with the music of Bach, and heard most often through transcriptions of works written for other instruments. Tomorrow's program includes several movements from Bach's first Orchestral Suite in D Major, which should be a novel way to hear the stylized dance forms of this courtly Baroque masterpiece.
Isaac Albeniz's Iberia Suite is a set of musical snapshots of the Spanish composer's native region, Andalusia. Written for piano, these 12 pieces imitate the characteristic sonority and strummed rhythms of the guitar. Adapted for guitar ensemble, Iberia's colorful flamenco flourishes should have genuine Andalusian spirit.
Another unusual timbral adaptation will be Heitor Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1, originally scored for cello ensemble. Perhaps the most well-known composer of Brazilian classical music, in the nine suites of his Bachianas Brasileiras Villa-Lobos combined elements from Bach with Brazilian folk music.
Less well-known to North American audiences will be the works of contemporary Brazilian composers Ronaldo Miranda, Camargo Guarnieri and Francisco Mignone, all of whom have sought to meld classical music with local songs, dances and folklore. Most of these works are transcribed for guitar.
Audience members will have the opportunity to appreciate old works in new ways and to encounter unfamiliar works. Sounds like a good bet.
Tickets for tomorrow's concert ($29 general admission, $26 for senior citizens and $12 for students) are available by calling Candlelight Concerts at 443-367-3123 or logging on the Web at candlelightconcerts.org.
Also tomorrow is Columbia Orchestra's Young People's Concert at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Jim Rouse Theatre. The program, conducted by Jason Love, will include Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, as well as the musicians of the Peabody Violin Choir under the direction of Christian Tremblay.
One need only be young at heart to attend an "instrument petting zoo" from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets ($12 for 12 and older, free for those younger) can be reserved by calling 410-465-8777, or purchased on the Web at www.columbiaorchestra.org.