A Night of Delight With Well-Strung
Well-Strung, a New York City based string quartet provided immense entertainment to the Frostburg community on Thursday, March 3rd. The evening proved to be a fun time and a great date opportunity. Set up in the Alice R Manicure Assembly Hall as a concert space, the room was outlined by black curtains, with LED lights decorating the room. The audience seating was made up of tables with candles for those who wanted to eat, as well as comfy couches and love seats.
These musicians are known for blending vocals and string instruments to create an awesome mashup of classical and pop music, all while being easy on the eyes.
The group includes Edmund Bagnell (1st violin), Chris Marchant (2nd violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello), and Trevor Wadleigh (viola) who specialize in making new music and touring internationally. The group was conceived by producer Mark Cortale and Chris Marchant.
Great friends make up the quartet. Being roommates, it’s clear that the group is very close both professionally and not. They love to tell jokes, which might explain their next album being named Popssical, a mixture of pop and classical, get it?
Regardless, the concert was a blast. The group started with Lorde’s song “Royals,” an instant hit as the crowd was drawn in immediately. Following, they played Mozart’s Divertimento in D major as a mashup with “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift. Audience members complimented the group on their “smooth transitions,” as they incorporated amazing harmonies of both songs in voice and strings.
Other songs performed included “String Quartet in F Major” as a mash up into “Somebody That I Used To Know,” as well as “Ave Maria” mashed up with Radiohead’s hit single “Creep.” They also played a very special song “Toxic,” by Britney Spears because just last year, she personally contacted the group and asked them to cover it. Any 90’s hip hop fan was definitely pleased by a well-known favorite, “Bills, Bills, Bills,” by Destiny’s Child.
The group also introduced their understanding of social conflict in America. They referenced the problem of violence in America as they played Pachelbel’s “Canon” mixed with Green Day’s “21 Guns.” They also hilariously referenced consistent weather problems as they performed the famous hits “Do You Want To Build A Snowman,” and “Let It Go,” from Disney’s Frozen.
Overall, Well-Strung’s performance was a great experience for a date, a night out with friends, or any music-loving fans. For more information on the band, check out their website well-strung.com