The long-awaited Rastrelli Cello Quartet takes to The Myrna Loy stage in Helena, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, and appears at The Ellen Theatre in Bozeman, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13. The foursome will perform everything from classical music by Gluck, Tchaikovsky and Grieg, to film music, their own compositions and classic rock, says quartet founder Kira Kravtsov in an email.
The Rastrellis, who formed in St. Petersburg in 2002 and are among Europe’s most adventurous classical cellists, are based out of Germany. Slated to perform here in 2020, their concert was derailed by COVID.
They used the pandemic as a time to compose music and recorded a new album, “The Rastrelli Effect,” which they will share at the concert.
The group loves to explore and experience the cello’s world of sound, taking them on exciting musical adventures across genres.
“We love all music styles,” Kravtsov says. “We simply perform the music that we love.
“Music is the most beautiful way to bring people together, from soul to soul, directly,” he adds. “It is the most wonderful language that people understand even without knowing each other’s language.”
“A singularly unique ensemble, the Rastrelli Cello Quartet has been thrilling audiences with their renderings of non-traditional programming since 2002,” wrote one reviewer. “To say that their performance was breathtaking is an understatement…”
Helena: Tickets are $25 and available by phone, 406-443-0287, at The Myrna Loy, 15 N. Ewing, and online.
Bozeman: Tickets are $36; call 406-585-5885 or order online.