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Quartetto Gelato provides plenty of surprises

by on March 9, 2011

On Friday, March 25 at 8pm, witness the musical magic of Quartetto Gelato; a blend of virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, gypsy pyrotechniques and a World Accordion Champion! This is where music meets theatre, and audiences are taken on an unforgettable journey.

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

Quartetto Gelato solidified themselves as a dominant force on the music scene early in their career by winning the coveted title of National Public Radio 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. Recent concerts have included performances with the Toronto and Québec symphonies, as well as prestige engagements including the Toronto Luminato Arts Festival, the Calgary Mozaic Festival, and the “4X4” Festival in Binghampton, NY.

“Light programming, like comedy, is serious business. Quartetto Gelato has the stuff. Dry humour 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

A fine mix of music and entertainment, this is a concert experience not to be missed!

Tickets for Quartetto Gelato are available at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.

Artist website: www.quartettogelato.ca

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