A string quartet with an unusual twist, Well-Strung brings together four men with extensive experience in the performing arts who share a love for music.
Before joining the group, first violinist Edmund Bagnell studied the violin at New York University and worked as an actor. Christopher Marchant, the second violinist, was involved in musical theater for several years. Violist Trevor Wadleigh thought about pursuing an orchestral career during college, while cellist Daniel Shevlin balanced playing the cello with performing in musicals.
Well-Strung, which plays not only classical tunes but also popular music, is presented by Performance Santa Fe on March 14.
“The guys have a fun banter and exchange on stage between numbers where they go into more detail about themselves, their music, and stories about the group and their history,” explains publicist Collin Yarusso. “They will sporadically include the audience in on the joke or have them join in with one of the songs, so it is a more interactive and fun experience.”
During the past five years, Well-Strung has performed at the Vatican, for President Obama and with a variety of artists such as Neil Patrick Harris, Audra McDonald and Kristin Chenoweth. On two occasions they’ve been special guests with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.
“At this show you can expect to hear your favorites ranging from Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Grieg and Beethoven to Taylor Swift, Leonard Cohen, Radiohead and Destiny’s Child,” Yarusso adds. “It will definitely be a unique concert experience.”