Southeastern Guitar Quartet to perform October 21

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
by: Tonya Lowentritt

HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Guitar Quartet will perform a diverse program of music ranging from the Italian Baroque to 20th Century Cuban repertoire. Scheduled on Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium, the free concert is part of Fanfare, the university's annual fall celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences.

The music will include pieces written specifically for guitar quartet and arrangements produced by Southeastern students and faculty. Traditional Italian Baroque, passionate Spanish Romantic, evocative French Impressionistic, and New Age-tinged Cuban masterpieces will be performed by Southeastern music students Dustin Dawson of Robert, Blake Guidry and West Lentz of Denham Springs, and Amon Straughter of Laplace.

"This is the fourth incarnation of the Southeastern Guitar Quartet – we also presented the Southeastern Guitar Trio a few years back. It takes the rare combination of talent, ensemble skills, desire, and the all-important chemistry between the players for such a group to successfully present a full concert at such a high level of performance," said Patrick Kerber, instructor of guitar and coordinator of guitar activities who has prepared the group. "This group, which has represented Southeastern at the 2013 and 2014 ULS Academic Summit Performance Showcases, has those qualities. I am certain the audience will enjoy hearing Southeastern's latest contributions to the unique and increasingly popular guitar quartet concert format."

From the Italian Baroque, the concert will begin with Kerber's arrangement of Vivaldi's "Concerto in D, RV93." Faure's "Berceuse & Pas Espagnol," and Debussy's "La Soiree danse Grenade" all arranged by former Southeastern graduate student, Thomas Holley, will be presented, as Kerber says, as "the real thing – Spanish music written by Frenchmen!"

Also on the program the eclectic, Paisaje Cubano con Rumba by contemporary Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, the only work on the program written specifically for guitar quartet, will feature "prepared" guitars. Rounding out the evening will be Granados' romantic Tres Danzas Espanolas arranged by Southeastern alum, Shane Zeringue, and two works by Manuel de Falla arranged by Kerber, Pantomime and the fiery Danza de La Molinera.

For more information call 985-549-2886, or email Kerber at


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