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VIDA Guitar Quartet’s repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary

January 16, 2019

The VIDA Guitar Quartet will bring a mix of classical, popular and contemporary music when they perform Thursday in USC Aiken’s Etherredge Center.

Their concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, call the Etherredge Center box office at 803-641-3305.

“Apart from the incredible skill that VIDA brings, three of the guitars onstage are custom-made Christopher Deans, which have an impressive projection and warmth, and a dynamic range of sounds,” said Michael St. John, the Etherredge Center event coordinator.

The VIDA Guitar Quartet is known by its members’ musical achievements and their outreach as a group and as individual artists, according to a news release from the Etherredge Center.

Formed in 2007 in the United Kingdom, the quartet, both as a group and solo artists, have released more than 15 albums, including “Concierto de Aranjuez” with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and their latest “Rhapsody” in 2013, featuring works by George Gershwin, Malcom Arnold and Adam Gorb.

VIDA has toured internationally, visiting 50 American cities, China, Spain, Sweden and in their home in the U.K. UK. Thursday’s performance will be VIDA’s first appearance in Aiken.

The program will open with a piece from “English Folk Songs.” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. In 1903 Williams started to collect folk songs from the British Isles to preserve them from time.

VIDA’s performance also will cover classics such as Bach to other favorites, such as George Gershwin, to modern compositions from Phillip Houghton. Most of the arrangements are by members of the VIDA Guitar Quartet.

VIDA has a reputation for being a dynamic and expressive ensemble, able to “conjure up an orchestral palette of colour and effects,” according to “Classic FM.”

“Their range of timbres and colouration is so broad that one really does forget that there are four identical instruments,” according to “International Record Review.”

VIDA’s performance is the third of six planned for USCA’s Cultural Series this year. The other groups are the Turtle Island Quartet, the Havana Cuba All-Stars and the StepCrew.

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