Salonline 2021-07-18 Quintango!

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Sunday July 18, 2021

Emerson Avenue Salonlines Proudly Presents


Sasha Mikhlin & Joan Singer, violin
Susanna Mendlow, cello
Ali Cook, bass
Julie Huang Tucker, piano
Emmanuel Trifilio, bandoneon

From Mozart
to the Milonga

How did five classically trained musicians end up in a touring tango band?  And where did they find an Argentine bandoneon player?


Diciembre en Buenos Aires” (Marcelo Marcelli – 1941 — )

Oblivion”  (Astor Piazzolla- 1921-1992)

Boca de Fresa” (Emmanuel Trifilio – 1979 — )

Canaro en Paris” (Alejandro Scarpino – 1904-1970 and Juan Caldarella – 1891-1978)

Dulce de Leche”  (Emmanuel Trifilio – 1979 — )

Milonga del Angel”  (Astor Piazzolla – 1921-1992)

Gricel”   (Mariano Mores – 1918-2017)

Esqualo” (Astor Piazzolla – 1921-1992)

El Día Que Me Quieras”  (Carlos Gardel – 1890-1935)

El Repique”  (Roberto Firpo – 1884-1969)

El Eco de tu Amor” (Emmanuel Trfilio – 1979 — )

Peregrina” (Ricardo Palmerín – 1887-1944)

La Cumparsita”  (Gerardo Rodriguez – 1897-1948)

Libertango” (Astor Piazzolla – 1921-1992)

Group Biography

Experience QuinTango: Hear the heartbeat of diaspora tango channeled by a quintet of top-notch female chamber musicians and their crackerjack bandoneon player. This is tango like you’ve never imagined it: classical chops, jazz harmonies, and intimate arrangements written for the group by outstanding composers in Buenos Aires and QuinTango’s Grammy-nominated composer/bandoneonist.  ‘Chamber tango’ is the result of this musical alchemy, a middle ground that draws in lovers of both classical and non-classical music to experience the stories, the culture, and the exhilaration of the life’s dramas re-told as tangos.

Over its 20-year history, QuinTango’s performances have ranged from The White House to memorable concerts in 24 states, at venues ranging from Stanford University and Lincoln Center Plaza, to the Kennedy Center and Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston. They’ve performed at international festivals in Costa Rica, Mexico and the Amalfi Coast—and toured in France, Italy, Guatemala, Argentina and Uruguay.  In January they will spend two weeks in Hawaii performing six concerts on Maui and the Big Island, their eleventh Fans & Friends artist-as-diplomat tours.  Anyone who loves music, good food, and adventure is invited to come along. 

Community is at the heart of the group’s mission. QuinTango is a longtime member of Washington Performing Arts’ teaching artist program; in their hometown of Alexandria they are official arts partners with Alexandria City Public Schools.  In September the group travels to Indiana for a week-long Chamber Music America residency. in January QuinTango will work with local youth on the Big Island through the residency program at Kahilu Theatre.

The QuinTango family is welcoming, multi-generational and inclusive.     Check out the group’s youtube channel to see the latest videos.  Join our mail list to get news of upcoming concerts.   To learn more about the í Hawaii trip or the many ways to engage with this international community of music lovers – a fun bunch, indeed – contact Joan at

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