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Quartetto Gelato

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Season Listing | Program | Biography

Quartetto Gelato

Return of a series favorite! Longtime Civic Music subscribers know these master musicians from Toronto have been responsible for some of the most electric, entertaining evenings in our series’ history. From serious classical music and operatic arias to tangos, gypsy fiddling and vocals in the tradition of the great Italian tenors, Quartetto Gelato (Ice Cream Quartet) serves up a tasty and eclectic musical treat… with a double dip of fun.

Quartetto Gelato – March 2016 E-Notes

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

What a season so far! First we led off in October with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Ensemble. A month later we returned with the Accordion Virtuosi of Russia — some audience members may still be smiling and tapping their toes. Two different styles, but both audience pleasers.

Now in March we’ll feature a return visit from the highly popular Quartetto Gelato.

This Canadian new classical quartet, based in Toronto, Ontario, was formed in 1989 by Peter De Sotto (violin/tenor) and three other musicians. Quartetto Gelato rapidly established themselves on the emerging “new classical” scene, winning the Debut Artist of the Year title in 1996 from NPR Performance Today. They were named “Best Classical Group” in 2010 at the 10th annual Independent Music Awards during Canadian Music Week.

This highly versatile group has a reputation for instrumental expertise on many different instruments. Their repertoire includes a mix of classical masterworks, operatic arias, tangos, gypsy, and folk songs from around the world. Quartetto Gelato also is known for performing without musical scores — and for their sense of humor.

Canadian astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk even took their first two CDs into space with him on board NASA’s space shuttle Columbia.

In other words, we have an out-of-this-world concert awaiting us! For more information see the season listing, program, and player bios.

Quartetto Gelato – Program

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Season Listing | Program | Biography

Romamolda Hora — Traditional
Cigano — Fafa Lemos
Celtic Dances — Charles Cozens
Cera Una Volta — Rebecca Pellet
Gypsy Fantasia— Jossy Abramovich


The Pipes — Traditional
Meditango — Astor Piazzolla
Bésame Mucho — Consuelo Velasquez
Meditation — Gilles Massenet
Romanian Caravan — Traditional

Quartetto Gelato – Biographies

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Season Listing | Program | Biography

PETER DE SOTTO, violin/tenor

Peter De Sotto (violin/tenor) is a remarkable talent whose chameleon-like abilities allow him to perform on the violin not only as a seasoned classical violinist but also as a dazzling gypsy virtuoso. If that is not enough, the real surprise is his fabulous tenor voice which ranges from South American, to authentic Irish folk, to the great romantic Italian songs and arias including Turandot’s “Nessun Dorma.” DeSotto has been referred to as “a credible Pavarotti stand-in” (Stereo Review). Peter has appeared in leading roles in numerous opera and theatre productions, was a member of The Toronto Symphony Orchestra for 11 years, and was voted Musician of the Year in 1999 by the Toronto Musicians Association.

ALEXANDER SEVASTIAN, accordion, piano, bandoneon

Alexander Sevastian (accordion, piano, bandoneon) joined Quartetto Gelato in 2002 after receiving his Masters in Performance degree from Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow. Alex began his professional career in Moscow in 1996, performing with the Russian Radio Orchestra, which he toured with as a soloist throughout Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, and Japan. Alex has won four International Accordion Competitions including the Oslofjord in Norway (1998), The Cup of the North in Russia (2000), the Anthony Galla-Rini Accordion Competition in the U.S.A. (2001) and The Coupe Mondiale in the U.S.A. (2007). Recent solo engagements include recitals in Mexico, Italy, Portugal, Serbia, U.S.A. and Canada as well as appearances with several symphony orchestras. Alex lives in Toronto with his wife Anna and son Vladimir. In the fall of 2005 he became a Canadian Citizen.


Colin Maier (oboist) graduated from the University of Calgary in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in oboe performance. In 2002, he was a featured Jazz oboist at the International Double Reed Festival where he performed and conducted a jazz master class with legendary jazz bassoonist Michael Rabinowitz. Colin joined Quartetto Gelato in 2009. In addition to oboe, Colin plays clarinet, English horn, violin, 5-string banjo, acoustic/electric bass, piano, saxophone, flute, guitar, mandolin and musical saw. He has yet to master the kitchen sink despite years of training! Colin has also worked for over 20 years as a dancer, actor, stuntman, singer, choreographer, acrobat and martial-artist. His two solo albums, “Advice From a Misguided Man” in 2012 and “The Fabulist – Oboe and Other Things” in 2014 have been heard on radio stations in 17 countries and received fantastic reviews from Wholenote, Fanfare and American Record Guide.


Greg Gallagher (cellist) made his professional debut as a soloist with the New Brunswick Symphony in 2005. He studied to receive his BMus in Performance from Western University in London. Greg won 1st place in the Concerto Competition at Western and was previously awarded 1st prize in the string division at the National Music Festival of Canada. More recently, Greg received his Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of Music where he studied under Paul Widner and led the cello section of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra. Greg is now working as a teacher for the Sistema Toronto music program as well as freelancing as a professional cellist in Toronto.

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We need your support

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Please remember Brown County Civic Music Association in your charitable giving. Your support is essential in helping us meet our mission of presenting an annual series of affordably priced concerts performed by outstanding professional artists and ensembles from around the world. We also invite you to remember Brown County Civic Music Association in your estate planning. Brown County Civic Music Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We have been bringing world-renowned performers to Green Bay since 1927. To support BCCMA or learn more, see our Support page.

Looking ahead

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Be sure to mark your calendars with these upcoming spring concert dates.

Volunteer opportunities

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Brown County Civic Music Association depends on dedicated volunteers to make these concerts part of what we all love about Green Bay.

We have numerous opportunities to match your talents and interests, including advertising, history/archives, hosting artists backstage, membership campaign, publicity and marketing, ushers/greeters, talent selection, fundraising and online promotion.

We also need a new president to assume leadership beginning in June.

We need your help and invite you to contact us at or (920) 338-1801.

For more information, visit our volunteer opportunities page.