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Fallbrook Music Society opens 41st season with Quarteto Nuevo


Last updated 8/23/2018 at 4:03am

The unique ensemble Quarteto Nuevo is set to perform at the Fallbrook Library, Aug. 26, when the Fallbrook Music Society begins its 41st annual concert season. Courtesy photo

FALLBROOK – Continuing its successful "Classical Sundays" format, Fallbrook Music Society begins its 41st annual concert season Sunday, Aug. 26, with one-of-a-kind ensemble, Quarteto Nuevo.

Winners of the Beverly Hills national auditions competition, Quarteto Nuevo merges western classical, eastern European folk, Latin and jazz with razor-sharp precision. Headlined by Fallbrook favorite Damon Zick on soprano saxophone, the ensemble melds the music of ancient worlds, contemporary cultures and the more well-known classical styles.

"The goal of Fallbrook Music Society is to build new audiences and reach music lovers of all genres," Ann Murray, executive director of Fallbrook Music Society, said. "I am especially thrilled to have Quarteto Nuevo open our season, as these musicians will be performing an extensive repertoire spanning original compositions, contemporary jazz and more traditional classical arrangements."

A program preview begins 2:30 p.m., with the concert starting 3 p.m. The performance is free and open to the general public. No tickets are required.

Quarteto Nuevo consists of four members – Damon Zick of soprano saxophone,

Kenton Youngstrom on acoustic guitar, Jacob Szekely on cello and Felipe Fraga on percussion. Individually, each musician is a distinguished soloist and chamber music artist who regularly performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Opera and the University of California Los Angeles World Jazz Ensemble, just to name a few.

They have appeared in/on recordings for Dave Brubeck, Falla Guitar Trio, John Tesh and pop star Ellie Goulding, among others.

"Quarteto Nuevo is one of the most diverse ensembles that we've presented and not surprisingly will be delivering one of our most unique programs to date," Murray said. "This concert will be especially fun for those who are interested in a more 'contemporary' classical sound."

The program repertoire includes selections from Chick Corea, Astor Piazzolla, Jacob Szekely and Frank Zappa along with original works by Damon Zick.

The Sunday, Aug. 26, performance will be held at the Fallbrook Public Library, 124 South Mission Road. More information is available through the Fallbrook Music Society, or (760) 451-8644.


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