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Petar Jankovic Ensemble
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When: 4/13/2013
7:30 PM
Where: Performance Hall
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts
2600 Richview Road
Mt. Vernon, Illinois  62864
United States

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What do you get when you blend a classical guitarist and a traditional string quartet?  You get the exciting and original Petar Jankovic Ensemble!  

After many years of touring almost exclusively as a solo classical guitarist, Petar Jankovic broke new ground by initiating what has been called a truly unique musical crossover.  The Petar Jankovic Ensemble features a traditional string quartet led by guitar.  As an innovative, as well as a revolutionary idea, the guitarist’s Spanish and Latin American influences meld splendidly with the string quartet’s European musical traditions.  Critics have hailed the PJE for breaking new ground and pushing the limits of the Chamber Music genre.  

The PJE covers a wide range of repertoire from early music jewels of Scarlatti, Vivaldi and Boccerini, to traditional Spanish works by Albeniz, De Falla, and Granados. Passionate Piazzolla tangos and rich Brazilian music by Gnattalli, Bellinati, and Villa-Lobos are performed alongside exotic Balkan/Gypsy traditions, and new classical works by contemporary composers such as Roland Dyens, Elliott Bark, Jonathan Godfrey.  

In addition to Jankovic, the Ensemble comprises four brilliant musicians from the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Sophie Bird on violin 1, Minju Kim on violin 2, Rose Wollman on viola, and Kyra Saltman on cello.  Within minutes of hearing the group, listeners will recognize the unique character of this new musical format. 

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