Valinor Quartet to Bring Hybrid of Jazz, Classical Music to RVCC

The Valinor Quartet will share its unique hybrid of jazz and classical music with local audiences Thursday, May 21, at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in Branchburg. Performances are set for noon and 7 p.m. The presentation is part of the Theatre’s Club28 series. The Valinor Quartet includes Sergei Teleshev (of Trio Voronezh) on accordion, fused with jazz by members of the International String Trio: Ben Powell (violin), Slava Tolstoy (guitar), and Greg Feingold (bass). The all-acoustic group encompasses the diverse cultural backgrounds of its members, hailing from Russia, the USA and England, to influence its stylistic diversity and unique performance aesthetic. The quartet’s riveting displays utilize a breathtaking range of styles—from classical to the Beatles, from Gypsy jazz to klezmer, and from popular movie soundtracks to tango, with a few surprises in between. WICN Radio has said of the group: “The Valinor Quartet brings style and a global flair to a repertoire that incorporates classical, jazz, popular and culturally diverse music including French, Russian, klezmer, tango, Gypsy jazz and film soundtracks.” The RVCC performances feature general admissions seating. Tickets cost $10 for the noon performance and $25 for the 7 p.m. show. The noon performance is set in on-stage theatrestyle seating and is approximately one hour in length. The evening show, set in relaxed onstage cabaret seating, includes refreshments and is approximately two hours long. Those who attend the noon show may pre-order a box lunch for $5 and have lunch at the Theatre before the performance. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org. Senior citizen, student and group discounts are available for most performances. Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.