The Swift Current Allied Arts Council is pleased that Quartetto Gelato will be the fourth performance for the 2013–2014 season of Stars for Saskatchewan on Dec. 2.
Quartetto Gelato is virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, pyrotechnical solos, blazing gypsy show pieces, multi-instrument mastery and a world accordion champion. For nearly two decades, this dazzling ensemble has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with its exotic blend of musical ingenuity and repertoire from around the world. Classically trained, eclectic by design, Quartetto Gelato thrills its audiences with its theatrical stage presence and relaxed humour, easily developing a warm and intimate rapport.
Quartetto Gelato established themselves as a dominant force 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 concluding 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, Quartetto Gelato won the honour of Best Classical Ensemble at Canada's 2010 INDIE awards. Quartetto Gelato is regularly heard on CBC, Classical 96.3 FM, NPR, PRI, and NUR networks. They were also featured on the Hollywood soundtrack “Only You.”
Always active in the recording studio, the quartet recorded its eighth CD in 2010 - The Magic of Christmas featuring Christmas favourites with a twist of Gelato. The previous recordings, which have played a huge role in the group’s astonishing popularity, are Musica Latina, Quartetto Gelato Travels the Orient Express, Neapolitan Café, Aria Fresca, Rustic Chivalry, and their debut recording, simply titled Quartetto Gelato.
Founding member, Peter De Sotto is a remarkable talent who's chameleon like abilities allow him to perform on the violin not only as a seasoned classical violinist but also as a dazzling gypsy virtuoso. If that is not enough the real surprise is his fabulous tenor voice singing repertoire which ranges from South America, to authentic Irish folk, to the great romantic Italian songs and arias. Accordionist, pianist and bandoneon player, Alexander Sevastian joined Quartetto Gelato in 2002. Born in Minsk, Belarus, Sevastian has won four international accordion competitions and has performed around the world in prestigious venues as both a soloist and chamber musician. Cellist Liza McLellan has performed as soloist with orchestras across North America and has toured in countries such as China and Korea. Multi-faceted is a humbling term for Colin Maier. Achieving a lifelong dream by joining Quartetto Gelato in 2009 as an oboist, Maier also enjoys a career as a dancer, actor, stuntman, singer, choreographer, acrobat and martial-artist. In addition to oboe, Maier also plays clarinet, english horn, violin, five-string banjo, acoustic/electric bass, piano, saxophone, flute, guitar, mandolin and musical saw.
Do not miss Quatetto Gelato on Mon., Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sky Centre. An extremely limited number of tickets for reserved seating are available. For more information, call the Swift Current Allied Arts Council at 306-773-1338 or 1-877-211-2787 toll free.