an in-person and live-streamed event
Join us in the beautiful courtyard of Margaret Place Hotel for an outdoor evening of Bach, Beer, and German Cheer with music performed by the Electric Yat Quartet & pianist André Bohren!
Wednesday, October 6, 6:00-8:00 PM
ADMISSION is FREE (Registration Required) | DONATIONS Welcomed!
Electric Yat String Quartet
Rock/pop, Swing, Latin, Irish, Italian, Classical, Jazz.. The Electric Yat Quartet plays it all. Violinists Natalia Cascante & Harry Hardin, violist Amelia Clingman, & cellist Jack Craft make up this fun, energetic, & unique ensemble.
Violinist Natalia Cascante was born in San Jose, Costa Rica, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Violin from Loyola University New Orleans in 2002. She is a guest section player with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra & the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica. She is the resident violin instructor at Metairie Park Country Day School (since 2015), & a regular performer with the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, Le Petite theatre, & Saegner theater.
Violinist Harry Hardin, a New Orleans native, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Violin from Loyola University New Orleans in 2003, and graduated from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts in 1998. Harry is a regular performer with the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, Le Petite Theatre, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Tanglers Bluegrass, Washboard Rodeo, the Superior Seafood Jazz Trio, & the Electric Yat String Quartet.
Violist Amelia Clingman graduated from UMass Amherst with a BM in violin performance, and in 2008 she completed her Master’s degree in viola performance at the New England Conservatory. She has been a participant in the Killington, Musicorda, Heifetz, and Kneisel Hall music festivals, and served as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center from 2007-2009. During her time in Boston, she performed with various groups including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and as a substitute with the New World Symphony. During the summer, Amelia plays Principal Viola at the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon. As an avid chamber musician, Amelia became a founding member of the New Orleans-based Polymnia Quartet in 2015. In other genres, she has played with pop and rock artists, including Kanye West and Peter Gabriel. Amelia joined the Louisiana Philharmonic orchestra in 2008 and lives in New Orleans.
Cellist Jack Craft enjoys a diverse musical career as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music producer. In his classical career he has performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Gulf Coast Symphony, and the New Orleans New Music Ensemble. An in-demand studio and pop cellist, he has performed with Jessica Simpson, Michael Cerveris, Better Than Ezra, Edwin McCain, Marianne Faithfull, Bobby Kimball, and Zigaboo Modeliste. Mr. Craft’s musical compositions have been commissioned by the WWE film Legendary, BMW in a collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum, and on the theatre stage with the NOLA Project and Broken Habit Productions. He also produces Virtuosa, an electric disco string quartet, and can regularly be seen playing with bilingual pop band Sweet Crude.
Pianist André Bohren was born in New Orleans, but grew up traveling across the country with his family, following his musician father Spencer Bohren’s tour schedule. When André was twelve, the family settled in Wyoming, and it was there he discovered a love of classical music. Four years later, under the tutelage of Dr. Janet Ahlquist, he would perform Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue” with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, and he represented the state in several regional piano competitions.
After moving back to New Orleans, he studied for two years with Dr. John Murphy at Loyola University. It was there that he founded the rock/funk band Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes in 2001, manning the drum and percussion chair. This band has been André’s main focus for the past 18-plus years, as they have released eight albums and toured across the country for nearly two decades, performing at such renowned venues as Red Rocks Amphitheater, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New York’s Knitting Factory, and dozens more.
In 2012 André began studying classical piano once more at the University of New Orleans with Dr. Robin Williams. Piano performance has taken him on solo tours across much of the United States. When not playing piano, André can be found working with many artists around New Orleans, including Johnny Sketch, Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers, Mike Doussan, Dave Jordan, and Mike Dillon.