The Antelope Valley Community Concerts Association will present a “classics to tango” program featuring the Camarada Quartet, at 2 p.m., Jan. 27, at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center.
The quartet is a group of four instrumentalists — Beth Ross-Buckley, flute; David Buckley, violin; Dana Burnett, piano; and Lars Hoefs, cello — chosen from the core group of the larger San Diego ensemble Camarada.
“We cover a lot of territory, which is unusual for a classical music group,” Burnett said in a telephone interview.
Camarada has an eclectic repertoire. They cover jazz, world music, tango and classical music.
“This program’s covering a lot of territory actually,” Burnett said.
The program will feature the music of Antonio Vivaldi, Yuko Uebayashi, Friedlich Kuhlau, Philippe Gaubert, George Gershwin and Astor Piazolla.
“Le moment du Cristal,” a contemporary piece by Uebayashi, is for piano and flute.
“It’s very easy to listen to, for 20th century classical music,” Burnett said.
Kuhlau was a German-born Danish composer who composed during the Classical and Romantic periods.
“He was a champion of Beethoven before people even liked Beethoven,” Burnett said. “Of course, Beethoven became more famous than Kuhlau. But there’s a lot of Beethoven in that piece.”
Gaubert was a French musician and composer who composed primarily for the flute. His piece, “Medailles Antiques” is a trio for flute, violin and piano.
The program will also include a “Porgy and Bess Suite” arranged by Jascha Heifetz.
The last two pieces are tango compositions by Argentinian composer Piazzolla.
“I promise we will not dance,” Burnett said. “It’s kind of something, a little bit for everybody.”
She added they will also talk about each piece before they play them.
Camarada got its start in 1994 with original founders Beth Ross-Buckley, Ann Chase and Mary Barranger, who had a vision of concert experiences that were inviting and engaging for audiences. In 2008, Burnett and Travis Maril joined Beth Ross-Buckley as co-artistic directors continuing the tradition, according to the group’s biography.
Camarada specializes in Latin and Spanish music. The group has carved out a unique niche in San Diego. Beginning in the fall of 2001, Camarada created and performed its first tango concert for the unique instrumentation and personnel of Camarada. Tango has become an integral part of the Camarada experience, collaborating with dancers and specializing in Piazzolla’s music, according to their biography.
Camarada Quartet is the second show of the four-concert 2018-19 season for the Antelope Valley Community Concerts Association, now in its 71st year.
The season began on Sept. 16, 2018, with The Americus Brass Band. The third show of the season is Kit and the Kats, at 2 p.m., March 2. Kit and the Kats bring the music of the ’50s and the ’60s to life on stage, backed by a four-piece band.
Encore Saxophone Quartet will close out the season at 2 p.m., April 14.
Formed by internationally renowned saxophonist Douglas Masek, the quartet’s repertoire spans original compositions and arrangements that bridge styles from classical to modern jazz.
Purchase a membership for $70 and get three concerts. Youth memberships (18 years and younger) cost $20.
Single concert tickets cost $30, tickets for military and seniors 62 and older cost $27; and student rush tickets (one hour prior to concert) cost $10.
Call or visit the Lancaster Performing Arts Center box office at 661-723-5950, or 750 West Lancaster Blvd.
For details about the AV Community Concerts Association visit www.avcommunityconcerts.org