Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm
The Richard K. Stem Concert Hall
Ticket Price: $26.50/ $20 for IU Southeast faculty and staff/ $10 for IU Southeast students
Virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, pyrotechnical solos, blazing gypsy show pieces, multi-instrument mastery and a World Accordion Champion – this is Quartetto Gelato.
For nearly two decades, 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 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.
Always active in the recording studio, the quartet recorded its eighth CD in 2010 - “The Magic of Christmas” featuring Christmas favorites with a twist of Gelato. The previous recordings, which have played a huge role in the group’s astonishing popularity, with sales in the hundreds of thousands, are "Musica Latina", “Quartetto Gelato Travels the Orient Express”, “Neapolitan Café”, “Aria Fresca”, “Rustic Chivalry”, and their debut recording, simply entitled “Quartetto Gelato”. The latter two CDs 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.