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Fire & Grace, virtuoso violin and Celtic guitar, to perform at St. Bonaventure’s Quick Center

Mar 07, 2018 |

Fire and GraceFire & Grace, a unique and dynamic collaboration between virtuoso violinist Edwin Huizinga and Celtic guitarist William Coulter, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. It is the seventh performance in the Friends of Good Music 2017-18 performance season.

Fire & Grace explores the connective musical elements of classical, folk, and contemporary traditions from around the world. Their repertoire is vast, ranging from Bach to Vivaldi, tango to Celtic tunes, traditional Bulgarian to American fiddle tunes and waltzes, all played with a sense of discovery and commitment to the elements of passion and virtuosity (fire and grace) found in these diverse traditions.

This performance marks a return to SBU for both musicians.

“Edwin Huizinga and William Coulter formed the central musical part of Tomaseen Foley’s ‘A Celtic Christmas,’ which played to a sold-out house at the Quick Center in December 2016,” said Ludwig Brunner, executive director of the Quick Center. “The return of the duo should be an equally thrilling experience for our audience.”

Recent and upcoming Fire & Grace performances include engagements at the Carmel Bach Festival, the Mozaic Festival, the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, the Electric Earth Concerts, the Monterey Museum of Art, and with Foley’s “A Celtic Christmas.” In March and April 2017, Fire & Grace toured New Zealand with appearances at the UPSURGE Festival, the Festival of Colour, and the New Zealand School of Music. The group’s self-titled debut album combines melodies from Argentina, Bulgaria, and Western Europe, with dance elements from baroque and folk musical traditions and music from “Riverdance.”

Performing both baroque and modern repertoire, violinist Huizinga, a native of Canada, has appeared alongside Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Dawn Upshaw, Mike Marshall, and Stevie Wonder, and has been featured as a soloist with the San Bernardino Symphony, the Sweetwater Music Festival, the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, and the Banff Summer Arts Festival. 

He is a founding member of the baroque ensemble ACRONYM, which has released six full-length albums of previously unknown and unrecorded baroque music. He also performs all over the world with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. As a modern violinist, Huizinga has performed in the U.S. and Germany with The Knights NYC, and occasionally works with A Far Cry. He is also a member of the Juno-nominated indie rock band The Wooden Sky, and has recently been commissioned to write a piece for Canada’s 150th anniversary. 

Guitarist Coulter has been performing and recording traditional guitar music for more than 20 years. His most recent solo recording, “The Road Home,” (Gourd Music) was met with critical acclaim. In 2005, he received a Grammy Award for his contribution to “The Pink Guitar,” a collection of solo guitar arrangements of Henry Mancini’s music. 

Musical collaborations have been a mainstay of Coulter’s career and have included many tours and recordings including “Song for Our Ancestors,” with classical guitar virtuoso Benjamin Verdery; “Time to Sail,” “One Sweet Kiss,” and “Westward,” with Kerry-born Irish singer Eilis Kennedy; “Simple Gifts — Music of the Shakers,” with cellist Barry Phillips; and “Celtic Requiem,” with Irish vocalist Mary McLaughlin. His book of transcriptions, “Celtic Crossing,” published by Mel Bay, includes all of the music from his recording of the same name. 

Coulter maintains a classical guitar studio at the University of California at Santa Cruz and teaches at many summer music camps.

This performance is partially funded by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant Program supported by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.

Single tickets for this performance are $20 at full price, $16 for SBU employees and senior citizens, and $5 for students.

For tickets and information, call The Quick Arts Center at (716) 375-2494.

For each Friends of Good Music performance, The Quick Center will open its galleries one hour before the performance and keep them open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. For more information, visit www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.

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