Dalí Quartet fuses classical repertoire with Caribbean soul in ETSU show


The last ticketed event of the season at Mary B. Martin School of the Arts (Johnson City, Tenn.) is upon us, The Herald Courier reports.

ETSU will host the Dalí Quartet on Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Johnson City, according to a news release.

After years of classical training, Adriana Linares, who grew up in Venezuela, and her colleagues in the Dalí Quartet – of Venezuelan, Puerto Rican and Italian descent – have brought the sounds of their homes and streets of their youth into the concert hall and, once again, into their daily lexicon.

In addition to Linares, the quartet features violinists Domenic Salerni and Carlos Rubio and cellist Jesús Morales, award-winning solo and chamber artists who have appeared at Carnegie Hall and internationally and are currently based out of Philadelphia.

The ensemble deftly fuses Latin American idioms and classical string quartet traditions to form a unique concert experience. Dalí Quartet concerts blend these two styles to bring a “Caribbean soul” to Classical/Romantic music traditions.

“This is in your blood,” violist Linares says. “It’s in your ears. This music is in your body.”

The evening’s program will take audiences from Venezuela, for Efraín Amaya’s Angelica, to Austria for a Mozart string quartet, then back to Brazil, Spain, Venezuela, Argentina and Cuba for works by Villa-Lobos, Turina, Plaza, Gardel and D’Rivera, respectively.

“I think it is important to bring in artists that are bridging different styles of music, incorporating different sounds into their repertoire,” says Anita DeAngelis, director of event sponsor Mary B. Martin School of the Arts at ETSU. “We are very excited about the unique combination of experiences Dalí has in store for us.”

The Dalí Quartet currently serves as Quartet in Residence for the Arts and Community Network where they host the Dalí Quartet Chamber Music Camp and Festival. A large part of the ensemble’s mission is engaging with the community – especially young people. They frequently hold interactive events and concerts for K-12 students with interactive elements and concerts for the entire family.

“We have to keep our music and classical music alive, and what a better way to do that than to excite and motivate the next generation?” Linares says. “It becomes not only a musical and artistic exchange but a cultural exchange … We are not only educating these kids but now they have this place where they can imagine where all these dances come from.”

The outreach for Dalí Quartet’s Johnson City visit will involve the local Academy of Strings program, directed by Tim and Kim Barrett, as well as other area string students and Spanish and music classes at ETSU. “We always have a great time when we partner with Academy of Strings,” DeAngelis says. “They influence so many children in our region.”

For more on the quartet, visit www.daliquartet.com.

For information on the Saturday workshop, contact Heidi Ehle at 423-439-8333 or ehleah@etsu.edu.

Tickets for the Dalí Quartet are $5 for students of all ages with ID, $15 for seniors 60 and over and $20 for general admission. To purchase tickets online or for more information, please visit www.etsu.edu/martin or call 423-439-TKTS (8587). For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

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