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Cross-Pollination in Chicago Yields Black Oak Ensemble

Goran Ivanovic, Desiree Ruhstrat, Aurelien Pederzoli, and David Cunliffe

Goran Ivanovic, Desiree Ruhstrat, Aurelien Pederzoli, and David Cunliffe

Live broadcast, Tuesday at 7:00 pm


It’s like seeing old friends get together to make a new couple. Two members of the Lincoln Trio join a Spektral Quartet violinist – but he’s playing viola – and a Chicago guitarist who’s collaborated with Fareed Haque: they are the Black Oak Ensemble. Composed of Goran Ivanovic, guitar; Desiree Ruhstrat, violin; Aurelien Pederzoli, viola; and David Cunliffe, cello; this group is brand new. Its website is “coming soon,” and their Facebook page launched a week ago.

The Black Oak Ensemble’s inaugural visit to WFMT takes place on Tuesday, October 7 with a playlist suitable for a classy nightclub.

The live broadcast will be hosted by Suzanne Nance and starts at 7:00 pm.

Here’s an introductory Q and A with violinist Desiree Ruhstrat and WFMT’s Noel Morris:

Q. How did you get together?

A. Goran, David, and I occasionally got together to do concerts when we could fit them in. About a year ago, the four of us started hanging out, and “for fun,” after dinners and a bottle or two of wine, we would start putting some tunes together. We did it as a hobby, but then in June decided we might take it a little more seriously, and put a program together. We did our first unofficial concert in June at the Women’s Club for the Stradivari Society, and our official “outing” was at the Cliff Dwellers in August.

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The Black Oak Ensemble

Q. What are your plans?

A. There are many venues with no piano and our programming is very eclectic, catering to many different audiences. Goran brings his club and ethnic music knowledge. We blend it with our classical knowledge – not that the music is simplified, but it is presented in a relaxed manner while keeping the content at a very high level. We are looking forward to putting a season together for next year, although every one of us is very committed to our respective groups. This is a way for us to broaden our musical audience by bringing an eclectic mix – or as you well put it: “a playlist for a classy nightclub.”

Q. How did you pick the name?

A. A big black oak tree sits in front of our house.
 
 
Program

Ludwig Van Beethoven Serenade Op.8 for violin, viola and cello
Desiree Ruhstrat, Violin
Aurelien Pederzoli, Viola
David Cunliffe, Cello

Goran Ivanovic: Keltai
Goran Ivanovic, Guitar

Enrique Granados: Danza española
Goran Ivanovic, Guitar
David Cunliffe, Cello

David Ludwig: Lindy’s Tango from April Variations
Goran Ivanovic, Guitar
Desiree Ruhstrat, Violin
David Cunliffe, Cello

Manuel de Falla: I. El Pano Moruno and III. Asturiana from Siete Canciones
Goran Ivanovic , Guitar
Desiree Ruhstrat, Violin

Astor Piazolla: La Calle 92
Aurelien Pederzoli, Viola
David Cunliffe, Cello

Astor Piazolla: Libertango
Goran Ivanovic , Guitar
Desiree Ruhstrat, Violin
Aurelien Pederzoli, Viola
David Cunliffe, Cello

Manuel de Falla/Kreisler: Danse Espagnole
Goran Ivanovic , Guitar
Desiree Ruhstrat, Violin
Aurelien Pederzoli, Viola
David Cunliffe, Cello

  • Bob Hollenbeck

    I truly enjoyed this music at a friends place over dinner Tuesday night. What a welcome breath of fresh air!