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Swiss Guitarists 'A Quattro' Make U.S. Debut at Wofford

Monday, February 10, 2003

SPARTANBURG, SC—The Swiss guitar quartet “A Quattro” is making its U.S. debut next week in Spartanburg as guests of Wofford College’s Troubadour Series and the Spartanburg Technical College Foundation working collaboratively.

The four guitarists – Bernhard Wullschleger, Urs Mayr, Cristoph Borter and Matthias Aufschläger – blend as one of Europe’s most exciting chamber groups. They will perform at both Wofford and Spartanburg Technical College, as well as at several other locations in Spartanburg and in western North Carolina.

A Quattro will perform at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Papadopoulos Building at Wofford as part of the college’s Troubadour Series of guitar concerts. The performance is open to the public, and a donation of $5 is suggested.

They will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, at Spartanburg Technical College’s Tracey Gaines Auditorium. This performance is free and open to the public.

Other scheduled public performances include:

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m. – Unity Center of Fletcher, N.C. ($10 at door)

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. – Saluda School Auditorium, Saluda, N.C. (suggested donation of $5 for students, $7 for others)

The quartet also will perform at Spartanburg Day School, Spartanburg County Public Libraries Headquarters and for the Downtown Rotary Club of Spartanburg during their weeklong visit.

While the Spartanburg visit marks the group’s U.S. debut, its youngest member, Borter, has been here as a soloist and competitor in the yearly Guitar Foundation of America international competition. He was the winner of one of Europe’s most prestigious competitions, the Printemps de la Guitarre in Belgium in 2002.

A Quattro’s music is selected to draw the public into what might be a Bach lute suite arranged for four instruments by the quartet, a Frank Zappa rock piece from the 1960s or an Argentinean tango by Astor Piazzolla. Their three recent recordings with the renowned Swedish label of Intim Musik Records have earned great reviews.

The performances at Wofford and Spartanburg Tech will include compositions by Britten, Stravinsky, Piazzolla, Faure, Frank Zappa and Chick Correa.

For information, contact Dr. Jhon Akers at 597-4261.