russian guitar quartet
The Segovia Classical Guitar Series returns to Evanston, Illinois, this fall with a spotlight on Eastern European and Brazilian repertoire.

The series kicks off November 13 at Northwestern University with a performance by the Russian Guitar Quartet, a foursome renowned for its use of seven-string Russian guitars and focus on the Moguchaia Kuchka—or “Russian Five” composers—Mussorgsky, Borodin, Cui, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Balakirev.

The series, co-presented by the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music and the Chicago Classical Guitar Society, is named in honor of Spanish guitar great Andres Segovia, who’s largely credited with establishing the guitar as a classical-music instrument.

The SCGS’s winter concerts include a January 31 performance by Croatian rising-star Ana Vidovic, and a February 14 program by Anton Baranov.

On February 17, the focus shifts hemispheres with “Samba Exotico,” a Brazilian showcase featuring the Assad Brothers sharing the stage with the Brazilian-jazz-inflected Romero Lubambo.

The Segovia series presents its penultimate concert March 7, with a program by Raphaella Smits and Adrien Brogna, who will perform 19th-century repertoire on eight-string guitars, and then festival soars to a close April 4 with a performance by the Canadian Guitar Quartet.

All events are held at the university’s Evanston campus. Visit chicagoclassicalguitarsociety.org for more information.