The Valinor Quartet will share its unique hybrid of jazz and classical music with local audiences Thursday, May 21, at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in Branchburg. Performances are set for noon and 7 p.m. The presentation is part of the Theatre’s Club28 series.
The Valinor Quartet includes Sergei Teleshev (of Trio Voronezh) on accordion, fused with jazz by members of the International String Trio: Ben Powell (violin), Slava Tolstoy (guitar), and Greg Feingold (bass). The all-acoustic group encompasses the diverse cultural backgrounds of its members, hailing from Russia, the USA and England, to influence its stylistic diversity and unique performance aesthetic. The quartet’s riveting displays utilize a breathtaking range of styles—from classical to the Beatles, from Gypsy jazz to klezmer, and from popular movie soundtracks to tango, with a few surprises in between.
WICN Radio has said of the group: “The Valinor Quartet brings style and a global flair to a repertoire that incorporates classical, jazz, popular and culturally diverse music including French, Russian, klezmer, tango, Gypsy jazz and film soundtracks.”
The RVCC performances feature general admissions seating. Tickets cost $10 for the noon performance and $25 for the 7 p.m. show. The noon performance is set in on-stage theatre-style seating and is approximately one hour in length. The evening show, set in relaxed on-stage cabaret seating, includes refreshments and is approximately two hours long. Those who attend the noon show may pre-order a box lunch for $5 and have lunch at the Theatre before the performance.
The RVCC Theatre offers a RVCC Family Discount (students, faculty and staff) for 50% off on up to four tickets per performance. The discount can be bought with a RVCC ID at the box office or through the Lion’s Den. This discount applies to all shows presented by RVCCArts (rvccarts.org) except those presented at noon for $10.