QuinTango, a chamber tango quintet (two violins, bass, cello, and piano) based in Northern Virginia, has brought thousands of new fans to the music of Tango by engaging audiences with their sizzling, mind-opening fusion of traditional South American Tango repertoire and classical chamber music style. In keeping with their mission to bring Tango to new audiences, QuinTango concerts blend musicianship, audience connection, and great storytelling.
All QuinTango’s repertoire is originally created for the group, with most of the musical arrangements crafted by top-ranking tango composers in Argentina. Concerts usually include 14 -18 tangos, many with short narratives introductions. Audiences meet Astor Piazzolla, Carlos Gardel, gauchos, poets, and broken-hearted lovers as the Tangos unfold in a kaleidoscope of emotions and historical settings.
QuinTango is committed to arts education. Through an association with Washington Performing Arts Society, the group has created a series of interactive school concerts and workshops for Title One school populations. Teachers from Argentina, Brazil, and the United States use tango dance and music to develop social skills, engender self-confidence and expand a sense of possibility in diverse student populations.