“Maestro and Mozart”

Members of the Asteria Quartet. From left - Kiram Rajamani, Leah McCarthy, Shade Zajac, and Evie Boughton Photo by Howard Owens

Members of the Asteria Quartet. From left – Kiram Rajamani, Leah McCarthy, Shade Zajac, and Evie Boughton
Photo by Howard Owens

About 20 lucky listeners were treated to string quartet offerings by Mozart, Shostakovich and the GSO’s new conductor with the Asteria Quartet – three of whom are now playing with the GSO!

The Saturday Sept. 10 event was hosted by Richard Mistretta at his Vinyl Record Revival store (220 East Main St., Batavia). Wine tastings were provided by Christine Crocker of YNGoddess, and light snacks by GSO Board members.

Before and between numbers, the appreciative audience got to ask questions about the music, about the quartet, and got an “insiders’ glimpse” of how a string quartet actually works. All four musicians had no trouble enlightening and amusing us, as well as showcasing great talent and some very interesting music! Shade’s composition “Willard” represents a nocturnal visit to an abandoned mental hospital, and sounded like you might imagine! OK, so maybe we’ll have to stage a future performance at Rolling Hills Asylum….

~ Bob Knipe