Cotuit Center for the Arts and Mark Cortale presents Well-Strung, the singing string quartet, on Monday, August 12, at 7:30 PM.
Returning for their third performance at the Center, Well-Strung is a highly acclaimed string quartet with a modern twist, “brilliantly fusing pop and classical music from Madonna to Beethoven,” as the New York Times has written. Featuring Edmund Bagnell on first violin, Christopher Marchant on second violin, Daniel Shevlin on cello, and Trevor Wadleigh on viola, Well-Strung mixes Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Vivaldi with pop hits by such stars as Adele, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, and others.
All four members of Well-Strung are accomplished classical and musical theater musicians with a love for pop music and an instinctive ability to meld the two genres. With light hearts and considerable charm—they have a reputation as heart throbs—they provide a uniquely engaging experience.
Christopher Marchant and producer Mark Cortale founded the group in 2012 in Provincetown, after Marchant realized his love for both “high and low art.”
“Some people have a very serious attitude [when it comes to classical music], about protecting an ancient art, whereas we can just have fun doing it,” Wadleigh told Huffington Post in a 2013 interview. Their goal is to make classical music more accessible and to give pop music a new dimension, as they mix their music with stories and anecdotes.
The quartet has performed throughout the US and have gained international attention, performing at the Vatican and at a Gala for President Obama. Their viral music video “Chelsea’s Mom” led to a special requested performance for Hillary Clinton herself.
They have also performed with artists such as Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris, Audra McDonald, and Deborah Voigt, and they were the opening act for Joe Jonas and his band DNCE at Pride Toronto. They have performed twice with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and twice with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus at Town Hall in Manhattan. The group has received critical acclaim at New York’s prestigious Feinstein's/54 Below and at numerous other venues from the House of Blues in New Orleans to the Leicester Square Theatre in London.
Ticket are $55, $50 for balcony seating. There is a $5 discount for members.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.artsonthecape.org or call 508-428-0669. Cotuit Center for the Arts is at 4404 Route 28 in Cotuit.
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Well-String, the Singing String Quartet
Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Route 28, Cotuit
Monday, August 12, 7:30 PM.
$55, $50 for balcony seating. $5 discount for members.