Free, all ages welcome! // Con Vivo Music welcomes Toomai String Quintet back to our stage with guest pianist and Latin Grammy nominee Adonis Gonzalez.
Toomai’s program Cordas Americanas features music by some of Latin America’s most influential composers, spanning 1920s classical music to modern-day popular music. Through Toomai’s versatility and engaging string arrangements, the group evokes the essence of beloved musical traditions from Brazil, Cuba, and Mexico. This concert celebrates the world premieres of new works by the Cuban composer and pianist Adonis Gonzalez, and also features works by Heitor Villa Lobos, Léa Freire, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Manuel Ponce, Milton Nascimento, and more.
Performed by: Alex Fortes (violin), Emilie-Anne Gendron (violin), George Meyer (viola), Hamilton Berry (cello), Andrew Roitstein (bass), and Adonis Gonzalez (piano).
The Toomai String Quintet is an ensemble devoted to playing a variety of musical styles from around the world, creating its own string arrangements, and commissioning new works. This award-winning group of musicians has been engaging audiences in New York and across the U.S. for over a decade, performing concerts and workshops in collaboration with presenters such as Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y, Midori and Friends, and The Juilliard School. Toomai is especially committed to expanding the Latin American repertoire for string ensemble; the ensemble has championed the music of over 20 Latin American composers, and in 2018, Toomai released its debut album, Cuerdas Cubanas.
ABOUT ADONIS GONZALEZ
Pianist, Composer, and Conductor Adonis Gonzalez aka Adonis G. Matos is a Latin Grammy nominee in the category of Best Classical Album for his solo debut album ‘Adios a Cuba’ produced by Rey Rodriguez Productions. He made his conducting debut with the Vienna International Orchestra in Austria. Gonzalez has performed as a soloist with many orchestras around the globe such as, The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic of Venezuela, National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, Cuban National Symphony, Junge Süddeutsche Philharmonie Esslingen in Germany, Vienna Residence Orchestra (Wiener Residenzorchester) in Austria, Slovak Chamber Orchestra, Masterworks Festival Orchestra in Washington DC, Mississippi Symphony, USM Symphony, Rutgers Symphony, New York City Opera Orchestra, and many others.