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April 29, 2014 > Symphony closes season with Grammy Award nominees, Quartet San Francisco

Symphony closes season with Grammy Award nominees, Quartet San Francisco

Submitted By Lee Foster

The Fremont Symphony Orchestra will close its celebratory 50th Season with acclaimed cross-genre Quartet San Francisco. They will perform on May 3, 2014 at the Smith Center, Ohlone College in Fremont. Quartet San FranciscoÕs performance will feature material from their newest CD, Pacific Premieres: New Works by California Composers; heralded by Audiophile Audition as Òa wonderful swinging approach to the string quartet in five works.Ó

Music Director Gregory Van Sudmeier shares his excitement, "One of the finest Classical-Crossover ensembles in the world! Where else is there a string quartet that can pull off classical, tango, and jazz repertoire with equal panache? This group shines in all the many styles in their book. And, they've earned Grammy nominations to prove it! This ensemble delights, entertains, and moves the spirit like no other."

Recorded at Skywalker Sound in Nicasio, CA, Pacific Premieres rivets from beginning to end, offering an experience unlike anything else on the scene. Employing subtle dynamics, textural acuity, and technical prowess of a top-flight string quartet, Quartet San Francisco maintains the improvisational imperative and emotional intensity of a hard-bop combo. Whether you call it chamber jazz, third stream, or simply new American music, the ensemble has honed a singular sound that has inspired some of the eraÕs most celebrated music.

Quartet San Francisco was founded in 2001 by celebrated Bay Area violinist and composer-arranger Jeremy Cohen. He is joined by violinist Matthew Szemela, violist Chad Kaltinger, and cellist Kelley Maulbetsch. What makes the Quartet special? ÒThis is not your motherÕs chamber music. You know we go pretty hardcore on a lot of the stuff we play,Ó explains Cohen. Well versed in the violinÕs deep jazz roots, Cohen combines his love of jazz and classical music in Quartet San Francisco.

Grammy Award nominees for their last three CD releases and winners of the International Tango Competition in 2004, Quartet San Francisco expresses itself in standout virtuosic playing. Founded by celebrated Bay Area violinist/composer/arranger Jeremy Cohen, these crossover specialists excel in multiple styles from jazz to tango, pop to funk, blues to bluegrass and beyond. They have toured in the US and China, South Korea, Japan and Turkey, performing in concert halls and jazz clubs, at universities, music festivals and with major symphony and chamber orchestras. Judith Schlesinger of All About Jazz wrote that their recording, Whirled Chamber Music, Òcould easily be the most cheerful and brilliantly executed release of 2007.Ó

Tickets are $45 and $49 for adults and $20 for students. Tickets may be purchased through the box office at (510) 371-4859 anytime or toll-free at (877) 938-9240 Tuesday-Friday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM or online at Free parking is available. The performance will be followed by a reception open to all, giving the community the opportunity to engage with their fellow patrons and the concert musicians.

Quartet San Francisco
Saturday, May 3
8 p.m.
Smith Center, Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(510) 371-4859 / (877) 938-9240

Adults: $45-49
Students: $15

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