Celebrate the season at Quincy’s Words & Music with Soulstice Strings
Quincy Words & Music, scheduled for Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Patti's Thunder Café starting at 7:00pm, will feature the uplifting, joyous music of the Soulstice Strings, led by infamous music instructor Johnene McDonald.
Soulstice Strings is a reunion of a String Quartet named the String Beings. The String Beings formed when members Holly Sternberg, Kelsey Kepple, and Chris Retallack were 5th and 6th graders at Quincy Elementary School. At the time, they were playing in Face the Music Studio's Elementary String Orchestra named Pulling Strings. These 3 young musicians were the only 3 children that ever practiced in the whole group and were getting very bored and ready to quit the ensemble. To keep them in the Orchestra, Johnene McDonald, their music teacher, made them a promise that "if they would keep playing in the group until summer break, she would start a string quartet just for them."
That summer the String Beings started rehearsing together as a string quartet. Johnene learned how to play the viola so she could allow Holly and Kelsey to be 1st and 2nd violinists with Chris Retallack holding down the low end on the cello.
The quartet excelled very quickly and soon were playing at many weddings and gigs around Plumas County. They also recorded a CD called Mountain Chase, thanks to Jeff Kepple who produced and recorded the album.
Last winter, around the time of the solstice, the fortuitous situation came about that Kelsey Kepple had moved back to Quincy temporarily. Johnene asked the musicians if they wanted to regroup while Kelsey was back in town. Thus, the Quartet re-bonded with the name Soulstice Strings to commemorate the Winter Solstice.
The quartet/quintet is very eclectic and will be performing a variety of music from modern to classics to Celtic fiddling. A special guest cellist from Reno will be joining the group. Joe Tatum teaches cello and also plays in the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra.
Words & Music is a program of Plumas Arts, featuring acoustic performances of music and the spoken word. Doors open at 6:45, with the Featured Artist starting at 7pm, the show goes until 9pm. Beverages are available for sale. Sign up at the door before 7pm for an Open Mic spot following the Featured Artist. There is a $3 admission. For more information about this or any of the many programs sponsored by Plumas Arts, please call (530) 283-3402, visit online at www.plumasarts.org.