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Thursday, April 5, 2018
World-class Vocal Quartet to Perform at Special Concert in Rose Gellert Hall
Move over barbershop quartet … you’ve never experienced A Cappella quite like Canada’s Quartom. Experience a full range of vocal masterpieces, from the drama of opera and the power of the classics to inspirational spiritual music and lively popular tunes. Canada’s world-renowned vocal quartet, Quartom, with baritones Benoit Le Blanc and Julien Patenaude, tenor Gaétan Sauvageau, and baritone-bass Philippe Marte, will be coming to Langley Community Music School’s (LCMS) Rose Gellert Hall for a special concert on Thursday evening, April 19, 2018, at 7:30 pm.
Singing in a variety of languages, Quartom presents an international repertoire that spans a cappella repertoire beyond the doo-wop and barbershop quartet to include contemporary music from the Beatles, French chanson like Brassens and Leclerc, classical genre from Mozart and Gershwin, to operatic masterpieces such as Rigoletto, Carmen, Tannhaüser, and La belle Hélène.
Quartom has gained international notoriety for their charismatic style and insightful interpretations, often incorporating a skit to put the pieces into context or including charming anecdotes. Their contagious good humour and obvious mutual affection has transformed audiences, creating new music lovers and continuously packing the concert halls throughout Canada, the United States, France, Belgium, England, Germany and even Japan.
“Our mission has always been to introduce classical music to those who aren’t necessarily music lovers, by offering them quality content with a humorous side,” says Benoit Le Blanc. “We want to make music for everyone … to go beyond the boundaries of classical music. Audience responses have always been excellent.”
Quartom was established in 2008 with their first show entitled, the Good News According to Quartom. This show, in which each member plays a character, makes space for a little of everything in the a cappella repertoire: barber shop quartets, doo-wop, classical, and French chanson. This program was featured on their first album, simply titled Quartom, which includes such classics as Handel, Rameau, Verdi, Offenbach, Wagner and others. The second CD entitled Le Noël De Quartom celebrates Christmas songs. Their third and most recent CD entitled ACT III, focuses on opera. Quartom also sang the national anthems at the Bell Centre before the Canadiens hockey game and performed at the Francofolies de Montréal music festival, propelling them to fame and spurring an international tour. Learn more at www.quartom.com.
“It is exciting to have the opportunity present this unique and very special vocal quartet in our community,” says LCMS principal Susan Magnusson. “We are especially grateful for the support of a patron for this concert, enabling the event to be a fundraiser for our school.”
Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, $16 for students, and $10 for LCMS students. Call the box office at 604-534-2848 or visit langleymusic.com. QUARTOM is a non-profit organization that is supported in part by the Conseils des Arts et de Lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts. The Rose Gellert Hall is located at 4899 207 Street, Langley, BC.
ABOUT LANGLEY COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL
Langley Community Music School (LCMS) is a non-profit organization and registered charity that is committed to providing the highest quality of musical education to students of all ages and levels, from early learning to pre-professional and adult programs. With the support of the community, LCMS has become one of the largest non-profit music schools in the province, earning both national and international acclaim for their comprehensive and innovative programs. Learn more about LCMS programs, scholarships and bursaries.
The Langley Community Music School hosts multiple musical concerts from October to May, including the Rose Gellert Hall Series, a Saturday evening concert featuring renowned Canadian and international musicians, as well as the Concerts Café Classico Series, a Sunday afternoon concert series featuring stellar local and touring musicians playing classical, jazz or contemporary works.
Visit langleymusic.com or call 604-534-2848.