Palladio cropMusic for string quartet is not always the most familiar, but that’s hardly the case when Tucson’s Palladio String Quartet appears in an evening concert Tuesday (March 5) at the Academy Village.

Headlining the program, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is what cellist Lynne Connelly calls the group’s “signature piece,” aptly named “Palladio,” by Karl Jenkins. You may think you don’t know the piece – until you realize it’s the dramatic “Diamond Music” featured in TV ads for De Beers jewels.

Jenkins is Welsh, but his piece kicks off a program the quartet is calling “American Patchwork.” And like a good American quilt, made up of vernacular materials, the program includes pieces that are a part of the fabric of American culture, from TV ads like the De Beers commercial to works from the American songbook.

Listeners will hear Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine,” “Scarborough Fair,” “California Girls” and – yes, it’s true – the “Lady Gaga Fugue.”

On the more classical side, the quartet plays three movements of Dvorak’s folk-music-influenced “American Quartet,” which the composer wrote in 1893 on a visit to the United States.

The Palladio String Quartet, said cellist Connelly, grew out of the Catalina (Tucson) Chamber Orchestra, which ceased operations about four years ago. The other members are Jennifer Sanker, first violin; Deborah McCann, second violin; and Virginia Moyer, viola.

“We’re looking forward to doing this concert,” said Connelly. “It’s really a lot of fun.”

Submitted by Susan Isaacs Nisbett, Academy Village Volunteer


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