Texas A&M University-Kingsville presented the Quartetto Gellato this past Monday at the Bellamah Music Recital Hall.Founded by oboist Cynthia Steljes, who passed away December 29th 2006 after battling with pleural mesothelioma, a rare form of asbestos a relation to lung cancer.
Quartetto Gelato is a world renowned classical music quartet that have been known for sell out performances in places across the globe in places in places like New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and many others.
Current members include Peter DeSotto on the violin, world championship accordion player Alexander Sevastian, bass violinist Liza McLellan, and Colin Maier on the clarinet.
Free to the public, the Recital Hall filled up with music enthusiasts alike to hear a unique and interesting take on classical music, as well as the charismatic performances from the performers themselves who, despite being stuck behind instruments, were not afraid to move around and get into the performance.
“The music was upbeat and infectious,” said President of the Student Government Association David Barrera.
They played a selection of fun songs from their eight albums from their 24-year career.
The Quartetto has been making and releasing music since 1993 and cycling through a variety of members over the years
It did not take long for the crowd to get involved and beginning swaying in their seats, moving back and forth to the beat, and having lots of fun in the process.
Some students even took inspiration from the band, “Being a performer is exactly what I want to do,” said Sean Shelton music performance major.
It was an entertaining night and some students even discovered a new type of music might have never listened to before.
No matter what they left on, it was a positive experience that exposed more people to the beauty that is music.