RANCHO SANTA FE — The Mandelring Quartet, hailing from southwest Germany, performed for residents of Rancho Santa Fe at The Inn on March 8, as part of the Mainly Mozart Spotlight Series. Selections included pieces from Mozart, Gernsheim and Mendelssohn.
The quartet includes three siblings — Bernhard, Sebastian and Nanette Schmidt — and violist, Roland Glassl. The siblings come from a musical family and have been playing together since 1983. Glassl joined the group 10 years ago and together they have won numerous prestigious competitions at concert and music venues around the world.
Prior to the recent performance, the musicians met with music patrons of Mainly Mozart at The Inn for a luncheon. It was a chance to mingle and meet in an informal setting prior to the concert. “This is my first time here in Southern California,” Nannette Schmidt said, admiring the beautiful weather. “Spring is only beginning to happen at home in Germany,” she said with a distinct German accent. Nanette hails from Heidelberg, Germany, and her brothers live nearby in the Neustadt/Weinstrasse area of southwest Germany.
The Mainly Mozart Spotlight Series, featuring chamber music and recitals, is presented January through April at The Inn in Rancho Santa Fe. The next performance will be March 22 and will feature Jennifer Frautschi on violin, Ronald Thomas on cello, and Pedja Muzijevic at the piano. For tickets and more information, visit www.mainlymozart.org.
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