St. John's Church to host Rastrelli Cello Quartet's nontraditional program

Posted: Nov. 7, 2013 10:11 am Updated: Nov. 21, 2013 3:15 pm


The Quincy Civic Music Association will bring the Rastrelli Cello Quartet to St. John's Church, 701 Hampshire, for a 3 p.m. performance Sunday.

The four cellos play a mix of classical, jazz and popular music.

The Rastrelli has been performing its nontraditional programs since 2002. Its mission is to perform music "between the genres,'' with arrangements for cello. There is no repertoire for cello quartet. Each of the group's members can command the entire range of the cello, and each plays with a distinct and identifiable sound.

Founded in Stuttgart, Germany, the quartet intentionally omits any pieces composed for cello from its performances. Instead, it plays a variety of music that expands the cello's sound while remaining true to the Russian tradition of big-toned, soulful cello playing.

The quartet members have released three CDs. They play at concert halls and festivals in Europe, the United States and Russia.

The quartet takes its name from Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli, the Italian architect invited by Peter the Great to build a new capital city for Russia 250 years ago.

"It's not important what you are playing," Kira Timofejeff of the Rastrelli quartest said in a release. "But when you have an inspiration and a big dream that you can make your cello sound like any other instrument, then you should pursue that dream."

Students are admitted free to Quincy Civic Music Association concerts. Advance tickets for Sunday's performance are $15, and they are available at Hy-Vee stores on Harrison and Broadway, Kirlin's locations in the Quincy Mall and downtown, Brown Drug, Quincy Steamboat, the Mustard Seed, Second String Music, Quincy School Music Center, and Java Jive in Hannibal, Mo. Tickets at the door will be $17. The cost to join the Quincy Civic Music Association for the rest of the season is $70.

For more information, visit the Quincy Civic Music Association's Facebook page at or call (217) 224-5499.