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The Strad Quartet Salutes México!

Ignacio Allende 3

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 Mexican music to celebrate the Fiestas Patrias on Sunday, September 2 at 12:30pm.

The Strad Quartet takes its name from the legendary Antonio Stradivari (1644 – 1737), an Italian luthier and crafter of string instruments such as violins, who is generally considered the most significant and greatest 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 Queretaro in a national encounter with orchestras from all over México. 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 fifteen in Queretaro with Maestra María Elena Esperanza and is pursuing his Licenciatura in Music at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Musicales in Queretaro. He has participated in festivals and performed in leading venues throughout México.

Violist María del Mar Domínguez has a Licenciatura in Music and pursued her studies in Queretaro, Guadalajara, México City and Geneva, Switzerland. Violinist Mitzi Xolio Juárez began her violin studies at age thirteen 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.

San Miguel de Allende has been known by various names since the Spanish founded the settlement early in the sixteenth century. Guamare inhabitants of the region called it Izcuinapan (place of dogs). The Spanish renamed it San Miguel el Grande. The town was officially relocated in 1555 as a mission and military outpost. It became San Miguel de Allende in 1826 to honor its native son Ignacio Allende, a founding father of the Mexican Independence movement.

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 an exciting midday concert tribute to Mexican music, September 2 at Bellas Artes. Viva México!



The Strad Quartet Salutes México!

By Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra

Sun, Sep 2, 12:30pm

Bellas Artes

Hernández Macías 75, Centro



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