THERE'S a treat in store for fans of Philip Glass when the Dublin Guitar Quartet play their arrangements of his string quartets when they come to The Spirit Store this coming Sunday, September 22.
They will release a recording of Philip Glass' string quartets on the composers own record label, Orange Mountain Music, in October ahead of a tour to the United States.
This is a significant milestone for the quartet and is a culmination of years of work in developing and refining their arrangements of Glass' string quartets. They have avoided standard quartet pieces, choosing instead to expand the limited repertoire by adapting works from outside of the guitar repertoire. Glass' String Quartet No. 3, Mishima, was their first such transcription and they have been added and refined the remaining quartets over recent years.
This will be the second Dundalk appearance for the Quartet, comprising Brian Bolger, Pat Brunnock, David Creevy and Tomas O Durcain, as they shared the stage with Philip Glass himself when the internationally acclaimed composer performed in St Patrick's Cathedral in 2008. After hearing the quartet's arrangements of two of his string quartets, the composer described them as 'quite beautiful'. In 2010, DGQ performed the entire set of Philip Glass quartets to great acclaim.
The quartet were involved in a very special performance of Repentance for cello, guitar trio and double bass by celebrated Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina. The composer was present as they joined the amazing 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.