Quartetto Gelato.

Quartetto Gelato.

Entertaining the crowd with Trepak

Quartetto Gelato performed last Sunday in Burns Lake.

There was a full house at Lakes District Secondary School (LDSS) on Sunday evening to watch the Lakes District Arts Council’s (LDAC) first performance of the season, musical performance group Quartetto Gelato.

The entertaining and talented group had the audience laughing and clapping along to everything from Gypsy, Celtic, French, to Italian style music, and at one point oboist, (and former Cirque De Soleil performer) even performed some acrobatics for a surprised audience.

John Barth from LDAC was excited about the group before they came to town as recent performances in both Smithers and Kitimat received rave reviews.

The next performance will take place Nov. 7 at LDSS; with East Coast fiddling/Bluegrass group Gordie Mackeeman and His Rhythm Boys.

Quartetto Gelato, with their current line up of Peter De Sotto, Colin Maier, Alexander Sevastian and Greg Gallagher performed last Sunday in Burns Lake.

Colin Maier, the oboist, performed a ‘Trepak’. The violinist Peter De Sotto knelt down as Colin did a somersault over him followed by the Trepak dance and finally the splits! De Soto’s string broke during one of the songs so as he went backstage to fix the violin, the accordion player, Alex Sevastian, who is a four time world accordion champion, played Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue piece, known as the scary organ song used in Phantom of the Opera and Fantasia completely off the cuff to keep the entertainment going for the enthusiastic crowd.