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Playing a portrait of Brazil

¤ Strings in the Mountains: Brazilian Guitar Quartet

¤ 7 p.m.

¤ Steamboat Christian Center, across from the Holiday Inn on U.S. Highway 40

¤ $25; $35 reserved seating

¤ 879-5056

The classical guitar has a quiet but articulate way of exploring music and, in this case, the world. On Tuesday night, audience members will be ushered into the guitar way of thinking through something familiar — Bach overture.

After that first European piece, members of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet will focus their musical gaze on their home country with a program of Brazilian composers.

¤ Strings in the Mountains: Brazilian Guitar Quartet

¤ 7 p.m.



¤ Steamboat Christian Center, across from the Holiday Inn on U.S. Highway 40

¤ $25; $35 reserved seating



¤ 879-5056

They will play “Quartet No. 5” by Heitor Villa-Lobos, whose work was written in the early part of the 20th century. Villa-Lobos was employed by the Brazilian government after he returned from a period of study in France, and like many South American artists who spent time abroad, he came back with a new appreciation for the folk heritage of his own country. His work in that period blends familiar themes from Brazilian children’s music with rhythms popular in the music of the day to create an aural portrait of Brazil.

The sought-after Brazilian Guitar Quartet was on tour in Colorado as Strings in the Mountains Executive Director Betse Grassby searched for groups to create a winter concert series.

“We’re a very respective summer concert venue,” Grassby said, “and that helps us bring in performers of a certain caliber for our winter series. Our winter concerts have much smaller audiences, and we hold them at a time when locals can attend.”


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