In choosing to leave the symphony, he didn’t doublethink it.
“I just make my move, and I make it happen,” he said.
Quartetto Gelato has had a few incarnations since its inception. He’s in love with playing with his present quartet members.
“I have a very, very interesting group now. They are very nurturing and giving people. The audience feels that onstage. They are phenomenally talented. Our cellist (McLellan) is a chamber-music player, and our oboist (Maier) doubles for 14 different instruments. He’s truly a virtuoso on the oboe. Colin is quite brilliant on all of them. He seems to be good at anything he does,” De Sotto said.
Prior to a Russian tour, Maier learned Russian in two months.
“He did speeches. He did them candidly and interviews in Russian. He’s quite impressive. He’s a third-degree black belt in Aikido,” De Sotto said.
“Alexander, our accordion player, is a four-time World Champion on accordion. He’s one of these people with a phenomenal memory. He can remember a 20-minute contemporary piece in a couple of weeks and never look back. He has that kind of mind.”
Quartetto Gelato is working on an album of original material.
“We decided on all original pieces written for our eclectic style — Italian romantics, virtuosic show pieces and gypsy elements, but all new repertoire,” De Sotto said.
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IF YOU GO
WHO: Quartetto Gelato WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday.
WHERE: Strand Theatre, 25 Brinkerhoff St., Plattsburgh.
ADMISSION: Tickets are $20 general, $40 priority seating ($30 North Country Cultural Center for the Arts members) and $10 students. Tickets are available at the NCCCA, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts or online at www.plattsburgharts.org.