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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 story telling.  Patrons leave a QuinTango performance with not only a new-found love of Tango, but with an understanding of the heart and history of this art form.

All QuinTango’s repertoire is originally created for the group, with most of the 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 concerts often include exhibition dancers and occasionally an Argentine bandoneonist.
QuinTango has performed in concert in large venues - Kennedy Center, Kravis Center (Palm Beach), Lincoln Center Plaza, Gaillard Auditorium (Charleston, SC), and Stanford’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium in Palo Alto; in historic venues - The White House (State dinner), Teatro Nacional in San Jose Costa Rica, Teatro Angela Peralta in Mazatlan, Cosmos Club in Washington,  Residence of the US Ambassador in Buenos Aires, Teatro Notariado in Montevideo,  Barter Theater in Abingdon, KiMo Theatre in Albuquerque; and in local theaters in twenty states.  No two concerts were the same.  QuinTango has performed with symphony orchestra (Wichita, Charleston,  Fairfax  in VA, Augusta, Ars Flores in FL, American Philharmonic in CA, Orquesta de Sinaloa in Mexico) and in such festivals as Piccolo Spoleto (11 years), Mendocino, Amalfi Coast Music  and Arts Festival in Italy, Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival, Costa Rica International Music Festival. QuinTango has self-produced six CDs and collected four WAMMIES.  

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.  QuinTango teaching artists  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.  QuinTango has developed a StringTango program with Alexandria City Public Schools. Their new residency Tango & Soccer has had success at the elementary school level as well as in colleges.  QuinTango educational residencies in Oklahoma, North Carolina, Indiana, Pennsylvania, D.C., and Virginia have been supported by Chamber Music America, Heartland, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Indiana Arts Commission, and A.C.T for Alexandria (Runningbrooke Foundation), Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Alexandria Arts Commission.  QuinTango is a 501c3 organization.

Watch Past Performances

Video 12/13/2015: QuinTango

In celebration of El Dia del Tango on December 11, the acclaimed chamber ensemble  QuinTango performs traditional tangos with Argentine bandoneonist Emmanuel Trifilio. The touring quintet is composed of two violins, cello, bass, and piano, bringing tango repertoire to the concert stage with sizzling musicality and a captivating narrative style. Tango dance lessons with Susan Reynolds & Constantino Bastidas begin at 5 p.m.