Concerts and Art Exhibits atLas Placitas Presbyterian ChurchHighway 165, Placitas NMDirections2 pm - Visual Artists Reception3 pm - ConcertPlease check individual concert details as dates and times may be subject to change
February 19, 2023
La Catrina String QuartetSponsored by - Anonymous, BJ and Alan Firestone
La Catrina String Quartet (LCSQ) is recognized as the vanguard for contemporary Latin American string quartet repertoire. Their mission is three-fold: a deep commit-ment to the cultivation of new works by living U.S. composers and throughout the Americas; the programming of existing Latin American works rarely performed in the U.S. and abroad; bringing fresh interpretations to classical, romantic and twenti-eth century masterpieces. Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as "wonderful ambassadors for Latin American music,” their rich cultural origins convey stylistic authenticity and artistic vision in their performances, collaborations and recordings. This balance of core Latin American repertoire with American and European classical traditions charac-terizes both the diversity of their concert programs and appeal to multi-cultural audiences. Read more about La Catrina
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In 2011, they also collaborated with the heralded Cuarteto Latinoamericano for a record-ing of "Seresta No. 2 for Double String Quartet" by 20th century Brazilian composer Francisco Mignone. The CD "Brasileiro" featuring the piece won the 2012 Latin Grammy for Best Classical Recording. The work was commissioned by the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato. In 2014, their recording of Quartet No. 2 by Cuban composer Yalil Guerrra on their CD “A Musical Canvas” was nominated for a Latin Grammy. Past and future collaborations featuring American composers and artists include Zae Munn's commission "Our Hands Were Tightly Clenched" and a groundbreaking record-ing of contemporary and 20th century American music with tuba player James Shearer. To document and distill their championing of Latin American repertoire over several years and more than five hundred performances, LCSQ plans to release a multi-disc recording project. LCSQ is currently string quartet-in-residence at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Their educational mission includes outreach programs which cultivate and expose an emerging generation of young listeners to the traditional string quartet literature as well as to the evolving multi-cultural face of contemporary cham-ber music.