Friday, March 14, 8:00 PM
La Catrina String Quartet
Classical Masterworks & Mexican Composers
George Figueroa, 2nd violin; Jorge A. Martinez, viola;
Daniel Vega-Albela, 1st violin; Alan Daowz, cello
HAYDN Quartet op. 77/#1 in G Major (1799). DVORAK Quartet
in F Major Op.96) "American" (1893) - composed in the Czech
community of Spillville, Iowa - reflects the impact of American
music on his style. Three Mexican Composers - Emmanuel
ARIAS Y LUNA Sonoralia, Op. 3, "La Zacatecana," two dance
movements; Javier ALVAREZ "Metro Chabacano," named for
the world's biggest subway station; and Jose P. MONCAYO
"Huapango" which uses three Mexican folk dances.
Founded in 2001 and named for the familiar Mexican folk icon, the La Catrina Quartet's mission is to perform and promote the music of Latino composers alongside the masterworks of classical repertoire, while using their fluency in English and Spanish to reach audiences of diverse backgrounds. Despite their youth, La Catrina Quartet has already premiered and recorded several works written for them, "...a prodigious conjunction of individual talents" - La Jornada Michoacan, Mexico. Recent important awards and achievements include winning the competitive three-year appointment as Quartet-in-Residence of the Western Piedmont Symphony in North Carolina. The quartet was recently featured as one of the "next generation of classical stars" in a showcase at Carnegie Hall attended by hundreds of concert presenters.

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