Quartetto Gelato

Quartetto Gelato

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

For 25 years, 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 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, 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.”

The music of QG can be heard on radio stations in over 20 countries!

Rustic Chivalry”, and their debut recording, simply entitled “Quartetto Gelato” have literally been heard around the world, since they accompanied Canadian astronaut, Dr. Robert Thirsk, during his NASA flight on board the space shuttle Columbia.

Quartetto Gelato would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Circulation & Touring.

Tim Buchholz Octet

Tim Buchholz Octet

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Nationally recognized jazz singer and arranger Dr. Tim Buchholz retakes the stage in Merrill—joined by seven other fantastic regional jazz artists—featuring arrangements from their recently released album “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” The octet consists of jazz musicians who are faculty members at five different Universities across the state, each with national/international performing credits. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a fresh edition of the Great American Songbook as arranged and performed by one of the finest up-and-coming Jazz arrangers.

Tapestry

Tapestry

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Singer Suzanne Davis takes us on amazing journey with a heartfelt tribute to Carole King. This Tapestry tribute channels both Carole at the piano as well as her original and endearing stage presence. Fans–past, present, and future–will appreciate the organic and respectful salute to a music icon who has had an enduring influence on popular music.

Chicago Harp Quartet

Chicago Harp Quartet

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The Chicago Harp Quartet, founded in 2012, has quickly established itself as the leading harp ensemble in the United States. A Chicago treasure, the Quartet is dedicated to presenting innovative, charismatic and forward-thinking performances that include original transcriptions as well as new commissions from composers across the globe. Prepare yourself for a unique evening with the “music of the angels.”

Masters of Soul

Masters of Soul

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Celebrate the legendary songs and performers that define Motown and soul music: Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Diana Ross, Barry White, James Brown and more. Backed by a live band, Masters of Soul is the ultimate stroll down memory lane; and for all generations, the show offers the opportunity to experience an era in our country’s history that produced many of the greatest music acts ever recorded.