By Fernando Gonzalez, artburstmiami.com
We'll never know what Mr. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart would've made of Ms. Kelly Clarkson, but the first movement of "A Little Night Music" flowing into Clarkson's "Since You've Been Gone" certainly makes for a startling mash-up.
Welcome to the world of Well-Strung, a singing string quartet with the looks of a boy band and the flair of a Broadway show.
"My favorite thing right now is that we are trying to really mix classical and pop music in the same piece. That's why this show is called Popsical," says second violinist Chris Marchant, leader and co-founder of the quartet. "And people seem to respond. We kind of give classical music a friendlier approach that maybe makes it easier to discover.
"There is so much of it that people sometimes don't even know where to start and we give them a sampling of music they might like mixed with popular stuff that they know -- and they feel easier about it."
Formed in 2012, the approach of Well-Strung -- Edmund Bagnell, first violin; Marchant, second violin; Daniel Shevlin, cello and Trevor Wadleigh, viola, all classically trained -- suggest not only a blurring of musical styles in which a given program may include pieces by Dvorak, Ravel, Britney Spears and The Black Eyed Peas, but also musical genres in which the traditional, staid presentation of the classical string quartet takes on a cabaret style.More »