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: http://quartettogelato.ca/cynthia.html