Join the Bronx Arts Ensemble String Quartet as they perform exciting new works and old favorites that have gained popularity through TikTok and other social media platforms. This concert marks the beginning of the Bronx Arts Ensemble’s 52nd season, which focuses on the human condition. Bring a lawn chair and snacks and enjoy compositions ranging from Shostakovich to Ariana Grande.
Vivaldi – The Four Seasons Spring I – Recomposed by Max Richter
Burgundy in Autumn – Nia Imani Franklin
Thank U Next – Ariana Grande
Waltz No. 2 from Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra – Dimitri Shostakovich
Merry Go Round of Life – Joe Hisaishi
Bubblegum Grass/Peppermint Field – Angélica Negrón
String Quartet in B minor – Teresa Carreño
Scherzo: Allegro ma non troppo
Honduran-born violinist JORGE ÁVILA has won consistent high praise from The New York Times through his many appearances as a soloist, concertmaster, recitalist, and chamber musician. A recipient of various awards and honors, Jorge received his Green Card under the “Extraordinary Talent” category, later becoming a US citizen. He was awarded first prize at the 2001 Mu Phi Epsilon Music Competition, and the Omar del Carlo Fellowship at Tanglewood Music Center. Jorge is concertmaster of the Ridgefield Symphony, DCINY and Sacred Music in a Sacred Space series, and is a longtime artist member of the Bronx Arts Ensemble. He has appeared as concertmaster with the Stamford, Westfield and Greenwich Symphonies. In 2015 Jorge served as concertmaster of the orchestra appearing with His Holiness, Pope Francis, at a televised Mass held at Madison Square Garden.
Violist SALLY SHUMWAY has been an artist member of the Bronx Arts Ensemble since 1991. She appears on BAE recordings in works by Carlos Surinach, Robert Baksa, Meyer Kupferman, Soong Fu Yuan, Allen Brings and Roberto Sierra. Sally is a longtime member of the American Symphony Orchestra, and also appears on movie soundtracks, TV jingles and Broadway soundtracks. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas and Manhattan School of Music, and is on the faculty of the Ridgewood (NJ) Conservatory.
CARLO PELLETTIERI first became interested in music singing in the boy choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in his native NYC. He earned his Bachelor of Music Degree at Eastman School of Music and master’s degree at Northern Illinois University. He toured Europe as Principal Cello of the New American Chamber Orchestra after graduation. He later toured throughout the U.S. with the New York City Opera National Company. Carlo has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Martha Graham Dance Company, New York Oratorio Society, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and Ridgefield Symphony. He’s played with the Greenwich Symphony for 20 years under the leadership of Maestro David Gilbert. As a Chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Gainsborogh Trio. Carlo is also an active Broadway musician playing in some 30 shows.