The Camarada Quartet
The Camarada Quartet (Courtesy photo)

Emily Sorensen

Enjoy the sounds of the Camarada Quartet, performing at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the Rancho Bernardo Library.

Part of the Classical Concert Series, sponsored by the Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library, the concert is free and open to the public. Children age 7 and older may attend with a parent or guardian. Donations are appreciated.

The Camarada Quartet is made up of Beth Ross-Buckley on flute, David Buckley on violin, Joanna Morrison Pernela on cello and Dana Burnett on piano.

Camarada is a classical chamber music ensemble founded over 20 years ago by Ross-Buckley, Ann Chase and Mary Barranger. While Chase and Barranger have since retired, Ross-Buckley still leads the ensemble.

The ensemble performs a wide variety of music, including chamber, classical, tango, Celtic music, Baroque and more. Ross-Buckley said the group starts with a piece of music or style they want to perform, then brings in guest artists to join.

This year, Camarada will has performed with 25 guest artists, including Peter Sprague and Fred Benedetti.

While Camarada sometimes pulls in guest artists from around the country, the majority of its performers are local to San Diego. “We try to keep it about local music, offering a great chamber music opportunity for (local musicians),” said Ross-Buckley.

The concert at the library will feature a variety of pieces both modern and classic.

The program will begin with Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre’s 17th century-era “Sonata,” for flute, violin, cello and piano, followed by the more modern “Fantasie” for violin by Ellen Taafe Zwilich. The quartet will continue with Henri Dutillieux’s “Sonatine” for flute and piano; Philippe Gaubert’s “Medailles Antiques” for flute, violin and piano; and Fanny Hensel Mendelssohn’s “Fantasie in G Minor” for cello and piano.

The concert will conclude with two tango works by Astor Piazzola, “Milonga Sin Palabras” for flute, violin and piano and “Libertango,” for the entire quartet.

Camarada is featuring several female composers in the concert because it is doing a remix series focused on female composers, Ross-Buckley said. While a series from the ensemble usually follows a theme, this concert is more of a sampler, showcasing several of the group’s musical styles, she said.

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