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Classical meets tango, gypsy and jazz Aug. 10 at Indian River

St. Mary's Church
St. Mary's Church.

INDIAN RIVER, P.E.I. - Classical meets tango, gypsy and jazz at the award-winning Indian River Festival this weekend.

A night of incredible tango music and dance is planned for Friday, Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s Church, with the Payadora Tango Ensemble. Then on Aug. 12, 3 p.m.a matinee classical performance will be presented by Venuti String Quartet.

The world loves a tango, and when the technical virtuosity, playful spontaneity and rhythmic vitality of Payadora Tango Ensemble hits the stage, the deep-rooted influence of Buenos Aires tango tradition will have you swaying in your seat, or the aisle.

“This group will impress you with their virtuosity and technique,” says Don Quarles, executive director of the festival. “Come ready to move to the music in your pew.”

As a tribute to Leonard Bernstein, the sensational Venuti String Quartet delves into jazz influenced music that inspires them: Balkan gypsy music, Ravel’s String Quartet, and jazz improvisation. Critics praise the compositions and arrangements by the group’s renowned jazz violinist Drew Jurecka, and violinist Rebekah Wolkstein.

“Some of you may remember Drew performing with the late Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards,” said Quarles. “Along with Rebekah, and the other musicians, this performance will sound incredible in the venue.”

Doors open one hour prior to concert time and food and beverage is available for purchase in the pavilion, including handpies from the P.E.I. Handpie Company, Samuels Coffee, Upstreet Brewing beer, cookies from Crystal Green Farms, and IRF's strawberry shortcake.

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