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The Strad Quartet Brings Vivaldi to Life!

Antonio Vivaldi

By Tim Hazell

Many of you have attended and enjoyed our Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra’s energetic performances of classical music, Sundays on the beautiful Bellas Artes patio. Worthy of note is that the chamber orchestra has served as the vehicle to bring like-minded musicians together who have formed their own duos, trios, quartets, and quintets. These smaller ensembles are now going to be featured in their own Alternative Sundays concerts, with an inaugural performance next week by the Strad Quartet.

Two of the members, violist María del Mar Domínguez and cellist José Francisco Morales, are also part of our larger orchestra and will be joined by their colleagues, violinists Mitzi Juárez and Itzel Torres, for a concert of music by Antonio Vivaldi on Sunday, July 8 at 12:30pm.

The Strad Quartet takes its name from the legendary Antonio Stradivari (1644–1737), an Italian luthier and crafter of stringed instruments such as violins, who is generally considered the most significant artisan in his field. These young university-trained Mexican musicians have brought freshness and youthful vitality to their classical performances throughout the region and nationally!

Violinist Itzel Margarita López Torres began her studies at age eleven and was selected to represent Querétaro in a national event with orchestras from all over Mexico. She is currently studying for her Licenciatura in Music under Professor Frank Morales Salabarria.

Originally from Oaxaca, cellist José Francisco Morales Rojas began his formative training at age 15 in Querétaro with Maestra María Elena Esperanza and is pursuing his Licenciatura in Music at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Musicales in Querétaro. He has participated in festivals and performed in leading venues throughout Mexico.

Violist María del Mar Domínguez has a Licenciatura in Music and pursued her studies in Querétaro, Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Geneva, Switzerland. Violinist Mitzi Xolio Juárez began her violin studies at age 13 in the Escuela de Iniciación Artistica de El Instituto Potosino de Bellas Artes and is currently working on her Licenciatura at the Conservatorio de Musica Sacra.

Born in 1678 in Venice, Italy, Antonio Vivaldi was ordained as a priest. Music was too great a temptation, however, and he chose to follow his passion, becoming renowned as an innovator in the Baroque style. The Strad program will include Vivaldi’s Italian Concerto for strings, 121 RV in D major, and RV 110 in C major for strings and basso continuo, plus RV 109 in D major and RV 127 in D minor for strings.

To encourage all ages to attend there will be no admissions charge. However, because these Alternative Sundays recitals will depend on public support, voluntary donations of any amount are gratefully accepted!

Please join our Strad Quartet for a memorable midday concert of music, July 8 at Bellas Artes!



“The Strad Quartet Brings Vivaldi to Life!”

Sun, Jul 8, 12:30pm

Bellas Artes

Hernández Macías 75, Centro




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