Spring in our Step: The Galliard String Quartet takes to Kahilu stage

  • The Galliard String Quartet member Sung Chan Chang performs on cello Saturday. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The Galliard String Quartet performed Saturday via Kahilu.TV. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The Galliard String Quartet member Wu Hung plays violin Saturday. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The Galliard String Quartet member Colin Belisle performs Saturday. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The Galliard String Quartet member Helen Liou performs Saturday. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The Galliard String Quartet performed Saturday via Kahilu.TV. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Classical music is full of dance tunes: gavottes, minuets, gigues, pavanes; because music was written for the entertainment of wealthy aristocrats, and their parties often included dancing. The Galliard was a French Renaissance dance in which the man shows off his prowess with leaps and flourishes, like birds who strut their stuff to win their fair lady.