Del Sol Quartet shines Saturday in Camptonville |

Del Sol Quartet shines Saturday in Camptonville

The Del Sol Quartet plays Saturday at Camptonville Performing Arts Center.
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Who: Terry Riley presents: Sri Moonshine Music Series’ 3rd concert

What: Del Sol Quartet

When: Saturday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Camptonville Community Center

15333 Cleveland Avenue, Camptonville

Tickets: $25 advance, $30 at the door, available in Camptonville at Burgee Dave’s at the Mayo, or at Rebel Ridge Organics, or via Brown Paper Tickets at:

Of Del Sol Quartet’s latest release, The New York Times enthused: “See if your foot can stay still once you put on this funky disc of rhythmically infectious . . . music.” Banish all thoughts of tux-wearing, uptight classical musicians when you think of this exciting group coming to the Camptonville Performing Arts Center Saturday.

Sure, they can play the standard repertory, but since their beginning in 1992 their reach has extended to commissioning and performing new works, including works by local composer and Sri Moonshine Music Series curator Terry Riley. What a gift it is for our little town to feature artists like Del Sol who have graced the halls of The Kennedy Center, The Library of Congress, The National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery in Washington, DC. Del Sol also has held residencies at various educational institutions across the US and has toured Switzerland, China, Mexico, South Korea, Canada, and France.

There is a strong international element to their music, having recorded works by composers from Peru, Spain, Turkey, Iran, Uzbekistan, Australia, Denmark, and on and on. This extraordinarily varied repertoire perhaps reflects the group’s eclectic mix of personnel.

Violinist Rick Shinozaki has worked with local composer Jay Sydeman and performs regularly as part of a duo with pianist Irene Jacobson, creating works that have been called “scintillating” and “in perfect harmony.” Founding member violist Charlton Lee earned a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics from Berkeley before obtaining his Master’s in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory. He also practices martial arts and is an avid chef.

Violinist Benjamin Kreith rafts the Grand Canyon and is so fluent in Spanish as to have taught in Barcelona and translated a Spanish novel published this year. The New York Times has called Cellist Kathryn Bates’ sound “beautifully rounded.” She regularly takes time away from her cello on outdoor trails, either hiking, running, or backpacking.

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