Plymouth, N.H. —The award-winning duo of Douglas Lora and João Luiz, aka the Brasil Guitar Duo, will perform at Plymouth State University at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14 in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center.
Winners of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Music Competition, the Brasil Guitar Duo is quickly solidifying its status as one of the preeminent guitar duos of its generation.
Lora and Luiz met in São Paulo as teenage guitar students and have been performing together for more than 15 years, perfecting a “sublime synchronicity and effortless performance style.” The Duo was lauded by Classical Guitar magazine for its “maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity.”
With full touring schedules on two continents and critically acclaimed recordings, the Duo has developed a broad repertoire of European classical guitar duos by J.S. Bach, Fernando Sor and Domenico Scarlatti. In recent years they have been equally at home on a classical or a world-music series, performing in such diverse venues as New Music/New Places, the Stowe and Chautaugua Music Festivals and Carnegie Hall, mixing classical programmatic elements with choro, samba, maxixe and baião, the traditional music of their native land.
The Duo also strives to expand the repertoire for two guitars, with Lora contributing works of his own and Luiz arranging both classical and Brazilian music.
Eager advocates for both traditional and new concerti for two guitars and orchestra, the Duo premiered a work by Brazilian composer Paulo Bellinati with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in June 2012.
Tickets for the Brasil Guitar Duo at Plymouth State University are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors and $15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.
Photograph by Andrea Johnson