Grammy Award winners among School of Music’s special events

Grammy Award winners Arturo Sandoval and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet are on the SUNY Fredonia School of Music’s 2013-14 calendar of special events.

Sandoval will perform on Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall. His residency is made possible thanks to a generous gift from Hodgson Russ, LLP.

One of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, Sandoval’s talent runs vast and deep. A protege of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, he has been seen by millions at the Oscars performing with Celine Dion, at the Grammy Awards with Justin Timberlake and in his own right as a leader. He also performed at the Billboard Awards with Alicia Keys.

Sandoval has been awarded nine Grammy Awards, and nominated 17 times. He has also received six Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award.

Sandoval brings his legendary talent to the stage of Rosch Recital Hall, performing an eclectic program of Latin jazz with a small combo of professional musicians hand-picked from the faculty and greater-Buffalo area: SUNY Fredonia faculty Bruce Johnstone (sax) and John Bacon (drums), special guests Bobby Jones (keyboard), Jeff Campbell (bass) and Wendell Rivera (percussion). The evening will include an appearance by the Fredonia Latin Jazz Ensemble under the direction of John Bacon. Reflecting Sandoval’s commitment to educating and inspiring future generations with his passion for jazz of all styles, he will also give a master class and involve the community during his visit at Fredonia.

Considered by many to be one of the most brilliant, multifaceted and renowned musicians of our time, Arturo Sandoval’s versatility can be heard on recordings with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Her-man, Woody Shaw, Michel Legrand, Bill Conti, and Stan Getz to Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Rod Stewart and Alicia Keys amongst many others. He has performed with John Williams with the Boston Pops, and in the Super Bowl with Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle.

Filled with undeniable virtuosic talent, Sandoval’s impact goes far beyond impressive “pyrotechnics,” desiring nothing more than to share his gift with others who feel the same intense adoration for music as he does.

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet makes its appearance on April 4 of next year at 8 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall.

Thirty-three years young in 2013-14, the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is one of the most multifaceted groups in any genre. Enthusiastically referred to by the Los Angeles Times as “The world’s hottest classical ensemble or its tightest pop band,” the LAGQ is comprised of four uniquely accomplished musicians: John Dearman, Matthew Greif, William Kanengiser, and Scott Tennant.

Bringing a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from Bluegrass to Bach, they consistently play to sold out houses worldwide. Their inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world music realms continually break new ground. Programs including Latin, African, Far East, Irish, Folk and American Classics transport listeners around the world in a single concert experience.

Their appearance at Fredonia will include a special joint performance with the Fredonia Guitar Ensemble, a student ensemble led by James Piorkowski. The groups will perform ‘SHIKI: Seasons of Japan,” written specifically for the LAGQ plus guitar orchestra by Japanese composer Shingo Fujii, a powerful and moving work that is connecting communities across the nation.

Winner of a 2005 Grammy Award, their “Guitar Heroes” CD released on Telarc is a brilliant follow-up to their Grammy nominated “LAGQ Latin.” “Spin” (Telarc, Spring 2006) continues their explorations of jazz and contemporary music. “LAGQ Brazil” (2007), including collaborations with vocalist Luciana Souza, was released to rave reviews, and their newest recording of the Rodrigo “Concierto Andaluz” and Sergio Assad’s “Interchange,” written specifically for them, was released on Telarc in Spring 2010, and quickly climbed to top spot on the Billboard charts.

Tickets for both events are on sale now at the SUNY Fredonia ticket office: 673-3501 by phone, online at, or in person at the Williams Center. Tickets are $30 ($12 for students with ID) and include reserved seating and a post-concert reception with the artists.

Further details about these events are available at the School of Music website,, or by calling Jennifer Darrell-Sterbak at 673-3686.

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