KINGSPORT – QuinTango, a touring quintet of two violins, cello, bass and piano, brings a century’s worth of tango repertoire and 2 talented dancers to the concert stage on Thursday, September 16 at 7:30 PM and then continues to sizzle with a lecture demonstration at the new studios of Kingsport Ballet on Friday, September 17 at 10 AM.  The lecture will feature information about the tangos humble beginnings to its popularity on the world stage.  The lecture demonstration is free and open to the public and will last approximately one hour.  Demonstrations of tango dance will be performed and audience members may have a chance to try it themselves.  The Kingsport Ballet has 5 spacious studios in a newly renovated building located at 201 Cherokee Street.

Winner of two consecutive WAMMIES, QuinTango is the only tango music group to have given a Command Performance at The White House. QuinTango has been heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, CNN, and network television in both the USA and Costa Rica.

QuinTango has played to sell-out crowds both at home and abroad. They performed at both the 9th and 12th International Music Festivals in Costa Rica and made their European debut in 2002 with five performances in Normandy, France. A highlight of QuinTango’s domestic schedule is their annual performances at Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Their 2003 residency marked the fourth year that, according to Spoleto critic Robert Jones, “….their concerts packed the place and sent the customers home tango crazy.” Other festival performances in this country include the Kennedy Center Open House Festival, Wolf Trap’s Theatre-in-the-Woods Children’s Festival and the Virginia Highlands Festival.

Last year QuinTango joined Maestro Donald Portnoy and the Augusta Symphony as soloists for the Valentine -Pops- at -the -Bell concert. They were featured soloists with the Ars Nova Orchestra under the baton of Lynn Luce at Miniaci Hall in Davies, FL. In 2001, QuinTango joined Maestro David Stahl and the Charleston Symphony as soloists for the opening concert of their pops season. Extending their tango reach to Kansas, the group will make three appearances next season with the Wichita Symphony.

With sizzling energy and contagious passion, QuinTango gave sixty concerts last year in venues ranging from an elementary school in eastern North Carolina to the 1000-seat 19th century Teatro Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica. It is this devotion to bringing the music of tango to new audiences that prompted the Washington Post to proclaim QuinTango “one of Washington’s musical treasures.”

Tickets for the Thursday night performance are $18 and $16.  The lecture demonstration on Friday morning is free and open to the public.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Central Box Office at 423-392-8417 or on-line at www.KingsportARTS.org.  For information about the Kingsport Ballet call 423-378-3967 This performance is made possible by a grant of the Southern Arts Federation  and the Tennessee Arts Commission Touring Artist program.  This concert is sponsored by the Cultural Arts Division of Kingsport Parks and Recreation, Leisure Services for the City of Kingsport, TN.