Topic: Delightful "Quartetto Gelato"

Yesterday evening, my husband and I attended a delightful concert by "Quartetto Gelato" in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. You may remember this ensemble performed at our IDRS conferences in the past, and featured Oboist Cynthia Steljes, who sadly passed away in December 2006.  Shalom Bard, former Principal Clarinet of Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was selected by Cynthia to take her place and BOY! did he do a great job last night on an arrangement of "Le Tombeau!"

Because there were a small amount of tickets pre-sold, the performing arts center along with a local bank Underwriter for the concert, decided to put the entire audience on stage with the ensemble!!  (What a unique idea this was and something to think about using for some of our OWN chamber music venues).

The large stage was set with stations of hor d'oeuvres, drinks, and desserts.  Waiters walked around serving finger food and white linen table cloths draped over the many round tables set up for us concert go-ers. 

This fun and lively multi-cultural quartet is composed of people who sing, play piano, violin, cello, accordian, and now clarinet.  Each musician is a virtuoso on their instrument and each took turns speaking to the audience and making us laugh.

Following the performace, I had a chance to speak with Cynthia's husband, Peter DeSotto - who is the violinist and vocalist for the ensemble.  On behalf of the IDRS, I offered Peter our condolences on Cynthia's passing.

If you would like to learn more about "Quartetto Gelato" and hear a lovely music clip of Cynthia's playing, click to:

Marsha Burkett


Re: Delightful "Quartetto Gelato"

Thank you for that wonderful account of Quartetto Gelato. They are quite possibly my favorite ensemble of all time. I have all of their albums and Cynthia's remarkable oboe playing continues to be inspiration for my own playing. I listen to them almost everyday!

What a wonderful group and thank you for taking the time to account your experience with them! I hope they will be performing near my town again soon. I could kick myself now as they performed last year (prior to Cynthia's illness I believe) in the hall that I perform on a regular basis. For some reason or another, I was unable to attend, and I could kick myself now for not doing so and seeing Cynthia and the group perform in person!


Shawn Reynolds
Professor of Oboe/EH - Youngstown State University
Howland Schools - MS (director of bands); HS (Asst. Dir of Bands, Marching, Symphonic)