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Quartetto Gelato performs at the historic Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh,  Saturday night at 7.
Quartetto Gelato performs at the historic Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh, Saturday night at 7.

Preview: Quartetto Gelato in Plattsburgh

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Violinist and tenor Peter De Sotto is one of the founding members of Quartetto Gelato, now celebrating their 20th anniversary and touring in support of a new recording project. They can be heard in the North Country this weekend, performing selections written for the group as part of their forthcoming album.

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Quartetto Gelato’s concert will feature a change in repertoire from their previous albums and will consist of all Canadian pieces by Canadian composers. De Sotto describes the change as an “identity crisis.” Their usual repertoire is in gypsy and South American styles, incorporating some operatic pieces into an eclectic mix.

De Sotto says, “When I say new music, people usually cringe because they think of atonal music, but it’s not like that.” The composers for the new album are writing in the styles of traditional Italian composers, Cuban composers, and Sicilian composers, creating an interesting European mix.

Peter De Sotto plays the violin, mandolin, and sings the tenor voice part in Quartetto Gelato. However, his background is as a strolling musician. He carried that sensibility with him even as a classical player in the Toronto Symphony. De Sotto said, “I found out that I enjoyed the communication that I had, the intimacy that I had with an audience much more, because of this interaction I could have and this closeness I could get to people.”  De Sotto says he plays music that matters to his audience and allows people to reflect on their own history.

Just returning from a tour in Russia and celebrating their twentieth anniversary this year, the Quartetto Gelato will be at the Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh, NY Saturday, June 8 at 7:00 pm as part of the spring performances series presented by North Country Cultural Center of the Arts. This performance is the commencement of the "Hard Hat" series of concerts, as they renovate the Strand for a grand reopening in Spring 2014.

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