Newberry, SC- This season, the Newberry Opera House is hosting one of Chamber music’s best contemporary quartet, Dali Quartet. Comprised of award-winning chamber artists, Dali Quartet is among today’s freshest voices in Classical and Latin-American music. Dali Quartet is known for playing not only traditional classical composers like Haydn and Brahms but also Latin American composers like Amaya and Piazzolla. They have toured across North and South America, entertaining audiences from all walks of life. Dali Quartet comes to the Newberry Opera House on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at 3:00 P.M. Tickets are just $25, with half-price tickets for all students.
Dali Quartet performs classics from famous composers such as Franz Haydn and Johannes Brahms. Franz Haydn was an Austrian composer who lived during the 1700s and is considered one of the principal architects of classical music along with contemporaries such as Beethoven and Mozart. Haydn is remembered as the first great symphonist and the composer who essentially invented the string quartet. Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist who wrote many famous compositions and piano works of the classical music genre during the 1800s. He was considered one of the 19th century’s greatest composers, he wrote several gospel type compositions and piano pieces as well as his other works.
Dali Quartet also performs famous pieces from more contemporary South American composers such as Efrain Amaya and Astor Piazzolla. Efrain Amaya is a contemporary Venezuelan conductor and composer was the composer and conductor of the “El Sistema” Youth Symphony, the Greensburg American Opera, The Three Rivers Young People’s Orchestra the Westmoreland Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Carnegie Mellon University Contemporary Ensemble. Astor Piazzolla was an Argentinian composer famous for his mix of Tengo music and Argentinian folk music with classical music. Piazzolla was also a virtuosic performer with a near-unparalleled mastery of his chosen instrument, the bandoneon, a large button accordion noted for its unwieldy size and difficult fingering system. In Piazzolla's hands, tango was no longer strictly dance music; his compositions borrowed from jazz and classical forms, creating a whole new harmonic and rhythmic vocabulary made for the concert hall more than the ballroom
In addition to works of the masters from Haydn to Brahms and Amaya to Piazzolla, Dali Quartet's adventurous and entertaining programming includes new works for percussionist Orlando Cotto, and quintets both Latin and Classical with the renowned clarinetist Ricardo Morales, principal clarinetist of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Trained by world-renowned artists, members of the Dalí Quartet are from Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the US, and have studied at esteemed institutions such as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Yale University, Indiana University Bloomington, and the Simón Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela. The quartet is based in Philadelphia, PA.