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Sept. 14: Minneapolis Guitar Quartet to Perform

Second half of concert to feature Flamenco dancer.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 9-3-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato welcomes the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet to the EJ Halling recital stage on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. The performance takes place in the university’s Performing Arts Center.

The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet (MGQ) was founded in 1986 and performs widely across the U.S. each year. The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has been heard on the nationally syndicated "Saint Paul Sunday," program and on National Public Radio's "Performance Today." From its first four CDs on the Albany and GSP labels, the group has garnered unanimous international critical acclaim.

The second half of the concert will feature flamenco dancer Colette Illarde. Illarde has been called a “regal stomping dynamo” and “queenly.” Illarde commands the stage with her intuitive sense of the music, and the history of persecuted gypsies who gave rise to it. Her arms wrap sinuously around the space or flicker like the flames of evening fire. Her skirt swirls like the barely contained passions of her paramour. She propels herself with even intensity across the floor with cascading footwork that drills the boards with the sound of gunfire.

The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has collaborated with flamenco dancer Colette Illarde since 2006 to develop productions with music by the great Spanish composers Joaquin Rodrigo and Enrique Granados. Together, the guitarists and the dancer have been creating shows that blend the best of rhythmic and acoustic chamber music with the heat and intensity of Andalusia’s rebel dance form.

The members of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet (Joseph Hagedorn, Maja Radovanlija, Ben Gateño and Wade Oden) are committed educators as well as performers and often appear to teach and present workshops at festivals and universities throughout the U.S.

Concert admission is $12; $11 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for university students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

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