The Latin American Cuartet, founded in Mexico in 1982 and winner of the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards for their album "Brasileiro", represents a unique voice in the international world of classical music, diffusing Latin American culture throughout 5 continents. Three brothers, violinists Saúl and Arón and cellist Álvaro Bitrán, together with violinist Javier Montiel, make up the Latin American Cuartet. Described by the London Times as “possessing an instinct that definitely ranks it among the most important string quartets”, and by the Houston Chronicle as “one of the best string quartets we have heard in years”, we cannot wait to welcome them to the stage at St Pauls Church, Saturday, January 21, at 5 pm and Sunday, January 22 at 4 pm.
Besides their Latin Grammy, they have received the Mexican Music Critics’ Association Award and the Chamber Music America/ASCAP's "Most Adventurous Programming" Award three times. They have premiered more than a hundred works written especially for them and continue to introduce new and neglected composers to the genre with more than 70 CDs, including nearly all the Latin American repertoire for string quartet. For the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, art is more than beautifully-executed musical expression; it is patriotism honouring Latin America and informing listeners of its diverse cultural history through a wide spectrum of Latin American music and composers.
On Saturday, Villa-Lobos’ Cuartet No. 1 will be featured. A composer, cellist, guitarist, and clarinettist, Villa-Lobos' Brazilian folk heritage remains in the foreground of his music, enticing the audience to imagine the natural richness of the Amazon. Additionally, they will highlight the last quartet of Silvestre Revuletas - a fine violinist, conductor, and composer of songs, orchestral works, film music, and four string quartets. Música de Feria is an impressive and uncompromising masterpiece. Piazzolla’s Libertango will also be played. A combination of liberty and tango, the composition speaks to the new style of tango that Piazzolla created by fusing jazz, folk, and classical influences.
On Sunday, Ponce’s Estrellita y Gavota, one of Latin America's best-known love songs, will be featured. Campa’s Trois Miniatures, among the earliest Mexican string quartets (possibly the first), will also inspire listeners. Campa was well-known in Mexico for his composition of operas, symphonic works and chamber music, collaborating with other famed composers at the Mexican National Conservatory. Additionally, Costa Rican composer Alejandro Cardona’s Echú, a composition dedicated to the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, will be played. These concerts will be unique occasions to hear a wide cross section of classical Latin American music played by an ensemble of international repute.
Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s are $150, $250 and $350 pesos donation each, and are on sale at La Tienda in the Biblioteca Pública; La Conexión; only at Aldama 3, the School of Arts at the Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 22, and at the concert half an hour before performance time.