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Acclaimed Cuarteto Latinoamericano plans Friends of Chamber Music concert

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Cuarteto Latinoamericano

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POSTED April 5, 2012 12:31 a.m.

STOCKTON — Friends of Chamber Music presents the daring, exciting performance and exploration of interesting Latin American music that the Cuarteto Latinoamericano brings to chamber music in a 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22, concert.

The group will feature music from south of the border including pieces by Yumar, Mignone, Lobato, Cardona, and Villa-Lobos in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall at the University of the Pacific.

Cuarteto Latinoamericano, formed in 1982, is known worldwide as the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet. This award-winning ensemble from Mexico consists of the three Bitrán brothers, violinists Saúl and Arón and cellist Alvaro, along with violist Javier Montiel. The Cuarteto has recorded most of the Latin American repertoire for string quartet, and the sixth volume of their Villa-Lobos 17-quartet cycle, recorded for Dorian, was nominated for a Grammy award in the field of Best Chamber Music Recording as well as for a Latin Grammy.

Cuarteto Latinoamericano has earned international stature as a string quartet with exceptional drive, control and finesse. Celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, they have been instrumental in bringing the work of Latin America’s composers to the world’s stage. The Pittsburgh Press states that “not only do the members of this ensemble play with a rapport that verges on telepathic, but they investigate a repertoire of which most other such groups evidently are ignorant.”

The Cuarteto has performed as soloist with many orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz, with the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, the Dallas Symphony and the Símón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela.

The Cuarteto has toured extensively around the world including performances in Europe and the Americas, Japan, China, New Zealand and Israel; they have appeared in a wide range of venues and festivals like the Concertgebouw, Milan’s La Scala, Esterhazy Palace, the Kennedy Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Dartmouth College, Dartington International Summer School and the Ojai Festival.

Tickets are $25 and are available in the lobby of Faye Spanos 30 minutes before the concert. Students of any age are admitted free with ID. The audience is invited to meet the musicians at a reception following the concert.

FOCM concerts are presented in cooperation with Pacific and its Conservatory of Music. For a brochure or more information about the FOCM annual series, please call 209-946-0540 or visit

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