Gateway Guitar Quartet featured in second of series at The Varsity

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Date(s) - 11/17/2018
7:00 pm

The Varsity Center



The Gateway Guitar Quartet performs music from several musical periods and from around the world, including folk and popular music such as The Beatles.


CARBONDALE – The second performance in The Varsity’s Classical Guitar Concert Series features “From Back to the Beatles” with the Gateway Guitar Quartet on Nov. 17. The series is sponsored by First Southern Bank.

Classical guitar refers not to the music being played – which can be any music from Bach to Rock and Roll and beyond – but to the type of guitar being played.

The Gateway Guitar Quartet has performed regionally and is comprised of the four great guitarists: Paul Kreter, Jeff Sieth, Stephen Rekas and David Henry, all of whom reside in St. Louis.

The quartet will perform selections from the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods, and the music of countries such as Spain and Brazil. Members Paul and Jeff also arrange music for the quartet that includes folk and popular tunes.

Kreter began playing guitar in rock, jazz, and wedding bands as a teenager. For the past 20 years he has focused on playing the classical guitar. He is a current board member and past President of St. Louis Classical Guitar.

Sieth began playing guitar in 1965 shortly after The Beatles’ U.S. debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He started his first band in Downers Grove at the age of 11. By the time he was 16, he was playing in clubs all over Chicago. At 18, he turned down a recording contract in California to begin studying classical guitar at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. He is Orchestra Manager and Educator for St Louis Classical Guitar and is co-director of the guitar program at Adams Elementary School in St. Louis.

Rekas played the cornet through college, performing with the Millikin University Jazz Lab Band. Also enamored with the guitar, he found his way to Barcelona, Spain, where he studied with several famous classical and Flamenco guitarists. He subsequently acquired bachelor and master degrees, and completed a year-long certification program in Music Composition for Film and Television at USC in Los Angeles.

Henry got a guitar on his 10th birthday in 1970 and has been playing ever since. After spending about a year learning ‘folk’ guitar, he switched to classical guitar, studying at the Wisconsin School of Music and the Madison School of Music. He was inspired to continue studying classical guitar after hearing Andres Segovia and getting a chance to shake hands with the maestro in 1976. He has worked as a technologist at the Missouri History Museum for over 10 years.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Tickets are $12 in advance at or $14 at the door on the night of the performance. Student tickets are $8; children 10 and younger are admitted free.

Doors and The Varsity Bar open at 7 p.m. The bar features wine, beer, select cocktails, other beverages and snacks.

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