Gyros String Quartet
The Gyros String Quartet was formed by violist Norbert Gerl in 1986 to host "Classical Thursdays" at Panteli's (now defunct and still sadly missed) on lower Greenville Avenue in Dallas, Texas. The name for the quartet, incidentally, came straight off the menu - Panteli's being a Greek wine bar/restaurant - and also as a kind of joke on the famous "Kronos Quartet" from San Francisco (we always wanted to challenge them to a softball game and a Mendelssohn Octet, if they were to come to town).
Those Thursday nights quickly became a favorite hangout for music lovers and Dallas Symphony players, who now had a place to go after their concert to relax and maybe "sit in" for a "jam" session.
Dallas Bach Society director Paul Riedo even had his harpsichord delivered so he could participate in some Bach "Brandenburg Concertos".
Not surprisingly, during this time the Gyros Quartet was nominated for several years as "Best Classical Act" by the Dallas Observer and even had a feature story in "Detour" mag.
By 1991, after having exhausted most of the repertoire of concertos playable with string quartet, both management (the formidable siblings Mary and Grady O'Brien) and the Gyros Quartet thought it was maybe time for a break.
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