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Popular Bell Art Quartet Returns for Christmas Concert

By Tim Hazell

By popular demand, Querétaro’s Bell Art Quartet, featuring members of the Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra, will hold a return recital on December 2 to herald the Christmas season.

The Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra’s energetic performances of classical music on Sundays on the beautiful Bellas Artes patio have been delighting audiences during its regular performances on Sundays on the Bellas Artes patio. Worthy of note is the fact that the chamber orchestra has brought like-minded young musicians together who have formed their own duos, trios, quartets, and quintets, who are now featured in their own Alternative Sundays concert series. The Bell Art Quartet’s performance next Sunday is part of that series.

One member, violist Alejandra Cruz Pérez, will be joined by quartet violinists Beatriz Olvera Contreras and Christopher Morales Guarneros, cellist Luis Guillermo Martinéz Jimenéz, and a special guest, Queretaro guitarist César Ulises Bárcenas Zamarripa.

In previous performances, the quartet’s program has included works by twentieth-century Brazilian composer Heitor Vilalobos, the brilliant and eclectic Astor Piazzola, and Albert Abraham, Ben Soussan, Albert Noel de Marigny Engeurrand, and eighteenth-century Italian composer Luigi Boucherini. The guitar virtuosity and provocative rhythms of Maestro Bárcenas create unique relationships with the superb string section players.

Bell Art has been an innovative quartet since its inception in 2012. One of its objectives has been to strive for the integration of musician and audience through activities linked to music and other arts-related disciplines. The ensemble was awarded the National Arts and Culture Award in the city of Monterrey in March 2018.

The Classical era and flowering of the Romantics changed the face of Western society. Europe saw revolution, the Franco-Prussian War, invention of the telegraph and the internal combustion engine. Frederic Chopin enlarged the repertoire for solo piano, expanding the instrument’s range as well as its impact on modern music. Franz Schubert’s personality and style exemplified the Romantic ideal.

Argentine musician Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992) was a virtuoso of the bandoneón (a square-built button accordion), who left traditional tango bands in 1955 to create a new tango that blended elements of jazz and classical genres. He is considered a major Latin American composer of the twentieth century.

At its most provocative, modern chamber music is volatile. We empathize with its passion as we run the gamut of emotions. The virtuosity of a youthful ensemble such as Bell Art is never a passive listening experience!

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

Bell Art Quartet and special guest play an exciting midday Christmas recital of chamber music December 2 at Bellas Artes at 12:30pm.



A Christmas Concert

Bell Art Quartet

Sun, Dec 2, 12:30pm

Bellas Artes

Hernández Macías 75, Centro



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