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Mission Valley Live opens concert series with Quarteto Nuevo

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By Kristi Niemeyer 

for the Valley Journal

RONAN — Quarteto Nuevo, an innovative group that deftly blends classical, eastern European folk, Latin and jazz, opens the Mission Valley Live concert series at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 with a concert at the Ronan Performing Arts Center.

“With an organic feel that packs a wallop, the ensemble’s razor-sharp precision is enhanced by jazzy interludes, lightly rumbling percussion motifs and mesmerizing rhythms,” writes All About Jazz. “They effectively meld the music of ancient worlds and faraway places with a contemporary groove that enchants audiences of all ages.”

Winners of the Beverly Hills National Auditions, Quarteto’s master musicians create emotionally charged soundscapes with instruments and sensibilities that represent very different world cultures. Their unique instrumentation features soprano saxophone/alto flute (Damon Zick), cello (Jacob Szekely), guitar (Kenton Youngstrom) and hand percussion (Felipe Fraga). The group’s wide-ranging repertoire ranges from Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras” and Chick Corea’s “Children’s Song No. 6” to traditional Macedonian “Gadjarsko” and original works “Hector, Desmond and Titus,” “Rain Song” and “Dizer O Que.”

Members of Quarteto have individually played or recorded with an assortment of illustrious groups including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Dave Brubeck, Rush, John Tesh, and Jay Z, among others. 

“Quarteto Nuevo’s music is complex in its structure and sophisticated time signatures but always melodic, accessible, and deeply communicative,” writes the LA Weekly. 

Tickets are $15 at the door, $13 in advance, $5 for college students with ID, and free for ages 18 and under. Purchase online at, or at outlets in Polson (First Interstate Bank and the Perfect Shot) and Ronan (True Value and R&R Health Care Solutions).

The performing arts series continues Oct. 15 when America’s Sweethearts deliver selections from the Great American Songbook, classic Broadway, pop tunes from the 1950s, and jazz at Polson High School. 

To help limit the spread of COVID, Mission Valley Live will follow CDC guidelines for large, indoor events. All patrons and staff are required to wear masks and use social distancing from those they are not living with. MVL ushers will block off rows and create distance between groups to help achieve this goal. 

Learn more about the eight concerts in the series at  

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