Brasil Guitar Duo performing Sept. 9

Staff Writer
Woodford Times
João Luiz and Douglas Lora will be performing at Eurkea College and Five Points Washington during the month of September.

The Brasil Guitar Duo will present a recital at 2 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Chapel at Eureka College, 300 E. College Ave. A reception will follow.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call 467-6301.

The duo also will perform with the Heartland Festival Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Five Points Washington. For more information, call 339-3943.

João Luiz and Douglas Lora met in São Paulo as teenage guitar students and have been performing together for more than 12 years.

Their programs of classical and world music feature a blend of traditional and Brazilian works. They won the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in 2006.

The pair’s debut for the Naxos recording label features two CDs of the complete works for two guitars by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

The duo’s first CD of all-Brazilian repertoire, “Bom Partido,” was released in August 2007 on Concert Artists Guild Records and is in its third printing. Their latest release features the complete Bach flute sonatas with flutist Marina Piccinini.

The Brasil Guitar Duo tours extensively in the United States and abroad, including partnering with jazz legend Paquito D’Rivera in a special tour program of Latin music featuring performances at Atlanta’s Ferst Center for the Arts, Jacksonville’s Beaches Fine Arts Series, Chamber Music Albuquerque and the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix.

International highlights include a recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and appearances in Taiwan, Poland and Brazil and the world premiere of a concerto written for them by Brazilian composer Paolo Bellinati, with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo led by Giancarlo Guerrero.

The Eureka College program will include “Posludio” by Douglas Lora, “Fuga sobre Zanzibar” by João Luiz, “Zita” by Astor Piazzolla , “Prelude and Fugue n.7 in C# minor, op.199” by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, “Prelude from ‘Bachianas Brasileiras n.4’” by Villa-Lobos, “Bate-Coxa” by Marco Pereira, “A Fala da Paixao” and “7 Aneis,” both by Egberto Gismonti, and “Gavotte and Doubles” and “Les Cyclopes,” both by Jean Phillip Rameau.