QuinTango brings tango to TFAC March 10

Published 4:23 pm Monday, February 27, 2012

QuinTango musicians from left to right: Phil Hosford (pianist), Jennifer Rickard (violinist), Joan Singer (violinist), Kerry Van Laanen (cellist) and Libby Blatt (double bass). (photo submitted by Marianne Carruth)

Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC) presents QuinTango — two violins, cello, bass, piano and dancers at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10. QuinTango will deliver their interpretations of some of the world’s most seductive music, complemented by Argentinean dancers .
The quintet was founded in 1995 by Joan Singer, violinist and current director. Singer is a member of Baltimore Opera Orchestra and Capitol Chamber Ensemble. Other members of the group are Libby Blatt, Phil Hosford, Jennifer Rickard and Kerry Van Laanen.
Libby Blatt, on double bass, is a founding member of QuinTango, with whom she has toured on three continents. Phil Hosford is a pianist who has won many international competitions and has toured throughout the world. Violinist Jennifer Rickard is a member of the National Philharmonic, the National Gallery Orchestra and a substitute with the Richmond Symphony and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. Cellist Kerry Van Laanen performs regularly with the Baltimore Opera, Washington National Opera, National Gallery Orchestra, Post-Classical Ensemble, Wolftrap Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore and the National Philharmonic Orchestra.
In the last 16 years, the group has performed thousands of times at such American venues as the White House, Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, as well as venues in Argentina, Mexico, France and Costa Rica.
Quintet founder Singer says, “Exposing and educating adults and children the world over to the beauty of tango music is QuinTango’s mission. We play this music to have fun and spread joy. Life doesn’t get much better than that.”

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