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World renowned cello quartet to perform in Fallbrook

FALLBROOK – A cello quartet? Contrary to what one might imagine, this group is exhilarating and to say that their performances are breathtaking is an understatement. The Rastrelli Cello Quartet from St. Petersburg, Russia, and currently residing in Germany will make a stop at Fallbrook's Mission Theater Sunday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. as part of their 2023 North American tour.

"These remarkable musicians have such diverse sounds they make you think of a classical symphony one minute, then they sound like an old piano playing ragtime, a saxophone from the Big Band Era or even a polka the next," Bob Freaney, president of Fallbrook Music Society, said. "They bring an entirely new dimension to everything they play."

According to the musicians, they perform only music they love personally, and they have built a broad and unique repertoire that just can't be found anywhere else. The quartet's orchestral sound and showy virtuosity are exciting and combined with their humor, provides for a wonderful concert experience – delighting audiences worldwide.

The four musicians began working together in 2002, and for the past 21 years, they have devoted themselves to exploring and experiencing the cello's world of sound. They are committed to tradition, but completely uncoupled from the conventional approach, which only serves as a solid foundation. The ensemble has a unique and broad repertoire, the likes of which can't be found anywhere else. The art of transformation becomes, without exception, an authentic adventure in sound for the listener.

The Rastrelli Cello Quartet has been a guest on festival stages, concert halls and radio stations worldwide. They have recorded eight CDs to date, which present very different styles of music and give an extensive survey of the repertoire of the ensemble.

Please Note: This concert will take place the same day as Fallbrook's annual Harvest Faire, which means that Main Avenue and the entrance to the theater will be closed to through traffic. Limited guest parking will be available exclusively for concertgoers beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Fallbrook House of Prayer parking lot at 135 E. Ivy Street. Access to the parking lot will only be from North Vine Street onto East Ivy Street.

This concert is free for all attendees, and no reservations are required. Donations are welcome to help support Fallbrook Music Society's tradition of delivering excellence in live music performances to Fallbrook and its surrounding communities. The concert will be held Sunday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. in Fallbrook's historic Mission Theater, 231 N. Main Avenue.

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Submitted by Fallbrook Music Society.


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