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Carlos Chavez String Quartet: Classical Compositions of Mexico and Beyond

By Mittie Roger

The Carlos Chavez String Quartet, a Mexico-based string quartet founded by the internationally renowned cellist Alain Durbecq, performs a broad spectrum of classical music while maintaining a focus on promoting the greatest Mexican compositions from the baroque era to contemporary times. Don’t miss their concert on February 5 and 6 at 5pm at St. Paul’s Church on calle Cardo.

Pro Musica Concert Series
Carlos Chavez String Quartet
Fri, Feb 5 and Sat, Feb 6, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church
Cardo 6
120/250/350 pesos

Since its formation, the ensemble has impacted Mexican music history in a deep and lasting way by unearthing, performing, and recording works by Mexican composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Carlos Chavez Quartet’s director, Alain Durbecq, created a recording series entitled Unknown Mexican Quartets (Cuartetos Mexicanos Desconocidos), a research project endeavoring to recover music written for string quartet by Mexican composers whose works have had little, if any, public exposure. The first recording in this series featured the work of a practically unknown young and talented female composer from the late 19th century, Guadalupe Olmedo, whose Quartet in A Major will be featured in their concerts for Pro Musica.

The quartet went on to produce a second CD featuring rare works of some of the most distinguished Mexican composers from the last half of the 20th century: Carlos Chávez, Candelario Huízar, and Salvador Contreras. Carlos Chávez was the single most influential figure during this key period of Mexican music history, not only because of his great compositional output, but also for the guiding role he played in creating some of Mexico’s most important and enduring cultural institutions, including the National Institute of Fine Arts, the Academy of the Arts, and the National College of the Arts.

The Carlos Chavez Quartet has played several times for both Pro Musica and the Summer International Chamber Music Festival and has been part of several important festivals in Mexico and throughout Europe. They will play two different concerts with a blend of the great romantic composers and Latin American works. The programs will include spell-binding works by Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert, Joaquin Turina, Guadalupe Olmeda, and more. Don’t miss this incredible concert!

Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s are 120/250/350 pesos donation each and are on sale at La Tienda in La Biblioteca; 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.

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