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Miro Quartet & Jorge Caballero = Strings & Bows & Fingers & Movement of Body Bliss

I had never experienced a classical guitar being played with a string quartet until tonight when UT Austin’s Miro Quartet played a stunningly gentle and forceful concert at the Long Center in Austin with classical guitarist Jorge Caballero of Peru who truly is among the world’s best.

For many years I have enjoyed Miro Quartet’s fall and spring semester concerts at the Butler School of Music Hall on the UT campus where they teach. I always want to be very close to the stage so I can see the artist’s hands, smiles, faces and eye contacts with each other. Got to do so tonight (Saturday Aug 4) sitting third row almost center from the stage. What musical and visual fun it was.

Four compositions – Mozart, Paganini, Bach and Tedesco – were performed with a soulful precision that was wonderful to hear and see. The mix of violins, cello and acoustic guitar was sublime and seemed so natural – it’s all a family of strings & bows & fingers & movement of body. When Caballero walked onstage alone to begin the concert’s second half and sat down behind a music stand, I cursed the Music Gods – I won’t be able to see his fingers. Then he reached out, picked up the music stand, moved it away from him, smiled to us and began playing 40 minutes of Solo Bliss.

Some folks next to me said Caballero is coming back to Austin in the near future for another concert. Hope you were at the Long Center with me Saturday night.

Here is a recent wonderous broadcast of performances by the Miro Quartet and Caballero from our KLRU public tv in Austin http://www.klru.org/episode/arts-in-context/jorge-caballero/

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  1. Barry Baker
    August 5, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I watched the ACL concert you provided at the close of your blog. I don’t think I have ever heard “Pictures at an Exposition” performed on classical guitar before. It was so good Caballero made it sound like a piece originally written for guitar. Very impressive. Thanks Bob. …..Barry

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