Dublin Guitar Quartet to Perform in 10x10 Art Series at Walton Arts Center

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, February 19, 2018 – A classical guitar quartet with a devotion to new music, Dublin Guitar Quartet will perform their original catalogue of contemporary arrangements at Walton Arts Center on Friday, March 9 at 8 pm at part of the 10x10 Arts Series.

Tickets are $10 plus applicable fess and can be purchased online at waltonartscenter.org, in person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office or by calling 479.443.5600.

Described as a "quartet with a difference" by the Irish Times, the Dublin Guitar Quartet is the first classical guitar quartet entirely devoted to new music. Since its formation at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin Guitar Quartet has worked to expand the limited repertoire for guitar quartets by commissioning new works and adapting modern masterpieces from outside of the guitar repertoire. The quartet has created an original catalogue of arrangements by composers such as Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, Arvo Part, Gyorgy Ligeti and many more.

The group’s work has caught the attention of some of the world's leading composers. Recent activity includes a release on Philip Glass's label and a new 55-minute commission by Michael Gordon. In 2008, the quartet shared the stage with legendary American composer Philip Glass in St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dundalk, Ireland. In 2010, the DGQ performed their transcriptions of the entire set of Philip Glass quartets to great acclaim.

Recently the ensemble performed the world premiere of a new hour-long commission by Michael Gordon. “Amplified” saw a run of four night in its U.S. debut at the BAM/Next Way Festival in Brooklyn, New York. Other performance highlights include a four-city tour of Colombia and two tours of North America in 2013-14.

DGQ has performed at the prestigious chamber music venue Wigmore Hall in London. They have also performed in many of the leading venues in the U.S. including The Phillips Collection, Celebrity Series of Boston, Subculture, Symphony Space and Lincoln Center in New York. They are developing the electric side of the guitar quartet repertoire with works like Nagoya Guitars and Electric Counterpoint by Steve Reich, and a recent commission for electric guitar quartet.

At 7 pm patrons are invited to attend a Creative Conversation with the ensemble led by a member of Walton Arts Center’s programming staff. Following the show, patrons are also invited to attend an after party with the artists in the Walker Atrium and share their thoughts about the show with the popular Post-It® Note responses.

Walton Arts Center’s 10x10 Arts Series brings a variety of groundbreaking artists and awe-inspiring performances to Northwest Arkansas at a price that allows more people to experience live theater performances.

For more information, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to pay on average only 45% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.