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Turtle Island Quartet at Silvermine on Dec. 14

Published 11:30 am, Saturday, December 1, 2012

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  • The Turtle Island Quartet will bring its stylized fusion of jazz and classical music to a special evening of holiday music at the Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, on Friday, Dec. 14. Photo: Contributed
    The Turtle Island Quartet will bring its stylized fusion of jazz and classical music to a special evening of holiday music at the Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, on Friday, Dec. 14. Photo: Contributed

 

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A special evening of holiday music is coming to the Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, on Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. when the Turtle Island Quartet performs its signature fusion of jazz and classical music.

Its holiday concert, "A Solstice Celebration," will take the audience on a voyage of world music, commemorating the quartet members' ancestral roots, featuring music associated with what is referred to in both the Jewish and Hindu traditions as the Festival of Lights. From the songs of Hanukkah to the music of India's Diwali to the old English carols and Scottish reels of the 16th century, Turtle Island Quartet explores the timeless music that has been an integral part of winter holiday celebrations for centuries. The holiday program will also include music from Vince Guaraldi's "A Charlie Brown Christmas," as well as classical gems.

Since it began in 1985, the Turtle Island Quartet has created bold, new trends in chamber music for strings. Winner of the 2006 and 2008 Grammy Awards in the Best Classical Crossover category, the group fuses the classical quartet aesthetic with contemporary American musical styles.

The group is made up of original founding members, violinist David Balakrishnan and cellist Mark Summer, joined by jazz violinist Mateusz Smoczynski and violist Benjamin Von Gutzeit.

Seating is limited and advance reservations are suggested. Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. For information, call 203-966-9700, ext. 22, or visit www.silvermineart.org.