By Michael Barndt
May 6, 2014
Review: Joys of the Classical Guitar
Guitarist Rene Izquierdo joins the Philomusica Quartet, with lovely results.
In its six years of existence, the Philomusica Quartet has come to be known for its members’ ability to effectively capture the ambience of period works, but the quartet exceeded expectations Monday night in their final season concert at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. They presented Beethoven’s last quartet in a new light and introduced three works that most in the near-capacity audience were hearing for the first time in a performance that captured the spirit of each work – each a highlight in its own way. Philomusica members violinists Jeanyi Kim and Alexander Mandl, violist Nathan Hackett and cellist Adrien Zitoun were joined by classical guitarist, Rene Izquierdo for the second half of the concert. Izquierdo, a professor of classical guitar at UW-Milwaukee, has been an active solo performer and chamber musician, but is heard far too infrequently in Milwaukee.