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Chamber concert features music by Mexican, European composers

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—A concert featuring chamber music by Mexican and European composers will be performed Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Brodbeck Music Hall at Hood College.

La Catrina String Quartet, a Mexican-American group founded in 2001, will perform a program that includes standard works by Haydn and Ravel, along with compositions by Mexican composers Alvarez, Gamboa and Ponce.

The award-winning quartet promotes Mexican and Latin American music worldwide and works with composers to promote the performance of new music. Hailed by fellow musicians, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and cited by critics as one of the most unique touring chamber ensembles, La Catrina has performed in venues throughout the U.S. and Mexico, including New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Chicago and Los Angeles.

The ensemble has received many prestigious awards, including the Bascom Little Fund Grant, the North Carolina Arts Council cARTwheels touring program and Western Michigan University’s All-University Research and Creative Scholar Award. They have premiered works by composers Thomas Janson and John Ferrito at the Kent Blossom Music Festival, by Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra in New York City’s Symphony Space and by Zae Munn at the Chicago College of Performing Arts.

The concert is free. Brodbeck Music Hall is handicapped accessible.

For further information, contact Noel Lester, D.M.A., professor of music and concert manager, at (301) 696-3429 or by e-mail at nlester@hood.edu.