September 17, 2010
Writer: Writer: Don Sparhawk

The Canadian classical group Quartetto Gelato will be featured in concert Friday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Earlier this year, Quartetto Gelato was named "Favorite Classical Group" at the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards during Canadian Music Week.

Based in Toronto, Ontario, the group is composed of violinist and tenor Peter DeSotto, world champion accordionist Alexander Sevastian, cellist Liza McLellan, and oboist Colin Maier. Debuting in 1994, they quickly established themselves on the emerging "new classical" scene early in their career by winning the title of NPR Performance Today's Debut Artist of the Year in 1996.

Their musical repertoire consists of a mix of classical masterworks and operatic arias with tangos, gypsy and folk songs from around the world. Unique in their field is their penchant for performing without musical scores and their sense of humor.

The quartet's CDs have literally been heard around the world - Canadian astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk took their first two CDs with him during his NASA flight on board the space shuttle Columbia.

Tickets for the Center Stage Performing Arts Series event are $6 for BYU-Idaho students and $12 for the general public. Tickets may be ordered by calling 496-2230 or online at The show will be performed in the Barrus Concert Hall in the Eliza R. Snow Center for the Performing Arts.