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The UBS Atrium Series | 2024
20
th Anniversary Season

Free lunchtime concerts at Lincoln Harbor Park on the Weehawken, NJ waterfront

Wednesday | October 4, 2023 | 12:30pm  
Alejandro Brittes Quartet

Alejandro Brittes is a champion of Chamamé music. The roots of this unique folkloric music can be found centuries ago in the Northeastern region of Argentina. It was there that the region’s inhabitants and their music were influenced by European immigrants from Germany, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, and elsewhere. These settlers brought with them an instrument which would prove to be the hallmark of Chamamé—the accordion. This instrument proved to be indispensable in shaping and progressing the style.

 

The Alejandro Brittes Quartet innovatively explores this traditional, cross-border musical genre. The Quartet is based in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil and includes Alejandro Brittes (accordion) from Argentina, as well as Charlise Bandeira (flute), André Ely (seven-stringed guitar), and Carlos de Césaro (contrabass), all three from Brazil. 

Brittes’ musical career spans over thirty years. He has published over 100 original compositions, made nine albums, and has performed widely in the Americas and Europe.

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Featuring

Alejandro Brittes – accordion 

Charlise Bandeira – flute 

André Ely – seven-stringed guitar 

Carlos de Césaro – contrabass

Wednesday | November 15, 2023 | 12:30pm
Dorado Schmitt and Sons, Samson and Amati—
Django Festival All-Stars

The New York Times says about Dorado Schmitt that he was “…clearly born to the style.” 

No one has done more to ignite interest in Gypsy and Hot Jazz more than the dazzling French guitarist and violinist Dorado Schmitt. Born to Roma parents in France, near the German border in Lorraine, Schmitt was weaned on traditional Romani music and Gypsy jazz and, as a young man, became a leading figure on the international jazz manouche scene.

Among his compositions are Bossa Dorado and Natacha — both of which have become standards of the Jazz Manouche repertoire. Schmitt won his first Django Award at the Django Reinhardt Festival in Luttre-Liberchies, France, and many awards followed. He continues to represent the art form at its highest level.

 

For this very special concert, he will be joined by his sons, Samson and Amati, creating a veritable guitar dynasty on stage. They will be accompanied by the brilliant rhythm guitarist Francko Mehrstein and noted Italian bassist, Gino Roman.

The group’s music transports listeners to Paris in the 1930's, when hot jazz filled the air and Django was king. They bring his music into the 21st century, honoring traditions and standards while adding their own interpretations, arrangements, and original compositions.

"Imagine a stage filled with five contemporary Django Reinhardt descendants.”
—Wall Street Journal

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Featuring

Dorado Schmitt – violin, guitar

Samson Schmitt – guitar 

Amati Schmitt – guitar

Francko Mehrstein – rhythm guitar

Gino Roman – bass

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Wednesday | December 6, 2023 | 12:30pm
Backtrack Vocals

Backtrack Vocals is an award-winning 5-person a cappella quintet renowned for their stellar vocal and beatboxing abilities. Their exciting arrangements transform familiar tunes and showcase the top-notch talents of the artists. They infuse heart and humor into every performance and their versatile repertoire, which covers Top 40, Motown, Classical, Broadway, original music, and more, ensures that there is something for everyone. This concert will highlight many well-known songs of the season.

​Backtrack got its start on YouTube a decade ago, where the group has a following of over 100,000 subscribers and 12 million views across its channel. Backtrack has appeared on NBC, FOX, PBS, Steve Harvey's daytime show, STEVE, Broadway's Kinky Boots, and HBO's PAUSE with Sam Jay. Winner of New York's Got Talent Season 6 in 2019, the quintet made its movie debut in A Ring for Christmas in December 2020. Backtrack took to the international festival stage when the group performed as a headliner at Bridgefest in Da Nang, Vietnam in August of 2022. Backtrack made its European TV debut in June of 2023.

Featuring

Chrissy Aloisio

Mike Hinkle

Melissa Jordano

Craig Simonetti

Xander Teplansky

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Featuring

Nick Russo – banjo and guitar

Betina Hershey – vocals and guitar

Miles Griffith – vocals

Harvey Wirht – percussion

Wednesday | April 17, 2024 | 12:30pm
The Scooches

The Scooches play an eclectic melting pot of original music inspired by world folk traditions, Americana, New Orleans verve, and the unfettered exuberance of the 1920's.

The group has performed at the Kansas City Folk Festival, Boston’s iconic Club Passim, Blue Plate Special on radio station WFUV,  John Platt's On Your Radar, and syndicated old-time radio show WoodSongs. Various members of the group have performed with artists such as Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Jerry Garcia, and Wynton Marsalis, to name a few. 

Led by banjo player extraordinaire Nick Russo and vocalist Betina Hershey, The Scooches, bring together a world-class lineup of standout musicians from New York, Suriname, Sapelo Island (Georgia), Mexico, the Caribbean, and other countries. Elmore Magazine has referred to the group’s “remarkable musical dexterity with songs that bask in a genuine roots regimen and a sense of timeless tradition,” while Big Takeover Magazine described their fluid convergence of minds, souls, and cultures, as “Not just music forged from myriad sounds and cultural styles garnered from genre and geography, but the music of the world, about the world.”

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Members of the Quartet

Noa Sarid – 1st violin

Tobias Elser – 2nd violin 

Caleb Georges – viola

 Joanne Yesol Choi – cello

Wednesday | May 8, 2024 | 12:30pm
Dior Quartet

Hailing from Israel, Korea and Canada, Saint Lucia, and the United States, the globally-informed Dior Quartet is the Quartet-in-Residence at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

 

Silver Prize-winners of the 2021 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition and Bronze Medalists at the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Quartet formed in 2018 at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where the Ensemble was mentored by the estimable Pacifica Quartet. Since its formation, the Dior has also worked with members of the Alban Berg, St. Lawrence, Danish, Artemis, Ébene, and Belcea Quartets.

 

The Dior Quartet has participated in several prestigious programs, including the Britten- Pears Young Artists Program, the Banff String Quartet: Evolution in collaboration with Tippet Rise Art Center, the McGill International String Quartet Academy in Montreal, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar. In addition, the Quartet collaborated with Orion Weiss and Victor Yampolsky during its residency at Wintergreen Music Festival, and with the Rolston String Quartet, Axel Strauss, and Stéphane Lemelin at the 2021 Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival. The Quartet made its debut with the Schneider Concert Series in January 2021 and was a quarterfinalist in the 2021 Bartók World Competition in Budapest.

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The repertoire and projects that the Quartet pursues intersect with the members’ multicultural backgrounds and values as they seek to explore the immigrant experience through art. The Quartet takes its name from the French word d’or, which means golden. Gold is a rare, elegant, and malleable element, precious to those who own it and often given to loved ones. Most importantly, gold holds the memory of the earth and absorbs the stories of the people who give it shape and form.

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More concerts to be announced soon

Presented by the Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center, Inc., with generous support from the Township of Weehawken, the County of Hudson, and:

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