Quartetto Gelato – The Magic of Christmas

Presented by: Shenkman Arts Centre Presents

Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 8 pm

Virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, pyrotechnical solos, blazing gypsy show pieces, multi-instrument mastery and a World Accordion Champion – this is Quartetto Gelato.

For nearly two decades, this dazzling ensemble has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with their exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion and humor. Classical in training – eclectic by design – Quartetto Gelato (QG) not only thrills its audiences with its multi-instrument mastery, but also offers the bonus of a brilliant operatic tenor. With a performance repertoire that spans the globe including classical masterworks, operatic arias, the sizzling energy of tangos, gypsy and folk songs, the group’s theatrical stage presence and relaxed humor establishes an intimate rapport with audiences worldwide.

QG established themselves as dominant forces on the music scene early in their career by winning the coveted title of NPR Performance Today’s Debut Artist of the Year. The selection panel concluded the quartet was “an amazing ensemble that achieves the nearly impossible: they play salon music with real style and classical music with real precision…great chops and a commitment in all that they play.”

In 2007, the group’s first DVD Quartetto Gelato: A Concert in Wine Country! was picked up by PBS throughout the U.S. for broadcast. Most recently, QG won the honor of Best Classical Ensemble at Canada’s 2010 INDIE awards.

QG is regularly heard on CBC, Classical 96.3 FM, NPR, PRI, and NUR networks. Their Concert in Wine Country DVD is seen regularly on PBS. Their eight CDs have sold over 150,000 units to date and they have been featured on the Hollywood soundtrack “Only You.”

Now Quartetto Gelato is in the recording studio with a very special project: an all-Canadian CD comprised of pieces written specifically for Quartetto Gelato by Canadian composers, due for release in 2015. Composers Rebecca Pellett, Hilario Duran, Michael Occhipinti, Howard Cable and Josi Abramovitch have all worked with Quartetto Gelato to create a uniquely Canadian collection of works in an equally uniquely “Quartetto Gelato” style.

Media Reviews

“Light programming, like comedy, is serious business. Quartetto Gelato has the stuff. Dry humor and occasional clowning are part of the quartet’s arsenal, yet first it meets the requisite virtues of skilled music-making. Its pleasure-giving is consistent.”
– Los Angeles Times

“Larger audiences are inevitable not only because the quartet’s members are fine musicians but also because they have learned to mix entertainment and music.”
– The Washington Post

“If there were ever a group of musicians that could make anyone feel at home with classical music, Quartetto Gelato is it.”
– Newsday (NY)

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Ages: All ages
Language: English

Tickets (all-in price):
Premium: $39
Regular: $31
uGO: $20
eyeGO: $5

Venue: Harold Shenkman Hall
Genre: Music, Holiday

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December 19 at 8:00 pm