What is it? An evening of that most intimate of forms, the string quartet, lit with Balkan fire.
Why see it? The Balkan String Quartet create a palpable dynamism that leaps forth from their first notes, infusing everything they play with passion. Violinists Sinisa Ciric and Mirna Ogrizovic-Ciric, violist Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi, and cellist Martin Gueorguiev have selected a program that ranges from the late Romanticism of Glazunov to the modern Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov. And if that's not eclectic enough for you, they've thrown in some Piazzolla as well.
Who should go? Chamber music aficionados will thrill at such a wide ranging program, but the general Spoletian would be well advised to catch this concert as well. Glazunov's music tends to get unfairly overshadowed by not only better known contemporaries, but also his most famous student, Dmitri Shostakovich. Aleksandra Vrebalov's name as a composer is still very much a work in progress, but she is clearly walking the path to greatness.
PICCOLO SPOLETO • $10 • 1 hour 15 min. • June 6 at 6 p.m. • New Tabernacle Fourth Baptist Church, 22 Elizabeth St. • (888) 374-2656