Alejandro Brittes Quartet Brings Traditional Argentinian Music of Chamamé to The Trust

The Brazilian-based Alejandro Brittes Quartet will bring the traditional Argentinian music known as chamamé to The Trust Performing Arts Center, 37 N. Market St. in Lancaster, at 7:30 p.m. October 12.

Comprised of Alejandro Brittes on accordion, André Ely on seven-stringed guitar, Charlise Bandeira on flute and Carlos de Césaro on contrabass, the quartet innovatively explores the connections between chamamé and European baroque styles.

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What is Chamamé?

Chamamé has been declared as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. As an accordionist, composer and researcher, Brittes is one of the foremost contemporary chamamé ambassadors and innovators.

In Buenos Aires, chamamé was discriminated against and criminalized for decades. Brittes’ parents migrated from the Province of Corrientes to Buenos Aires, where his father was a pioneering chamamé event organizer and his mother a chamamé radio host, both attending to the cultural needs of the rural migrant community in the city. It was in this environment that Brittes was born and raised among the most-respected chamamé musicians and ensembles, ultimately beginning his own professional career at the age of 15.

The Trust is just one stop along the Alejandro Brittes Quartet’s national tour this fall, with performance venues also including the Library of Congress and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., the Creative Alliance in Maryland, Queens Theatre in New York City and Levitt Pavilion in Connecticut, among others. Learn more at

For its 2023 U.S. touring, the Alejandro Brittes Quartet is supported by Iber Exchange, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Ibermúsicas.

Written by Amy Mongiovi


The Trust Performing Arts Center is an architecturally stunning venue for music, theatre, dance, lectures and community events in the heart of Lancaster’s downtown arts district. In 1912, the Lancaster Trust Company completed construction on its new headquarters—a Beaux-Arts masterpiece from the imagination of Lancaster’s leading architect, C. Emlen Urban. A century later, Mr. Urban’s architectural treasure has been re-imagined by Lancaster Bible College as The Trust Performing Arts Center. The Trust has a mission to honor God by encouraging excellence in the work of student and professional artists and by enriching the community through inspiring, challenging and redemptive experiences.