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Strad Quartet Brings Christmas Spirit to Bellas Artes Patio


By Tim Hazell

Many of you have attended and enjoyed our Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra’s energetic performances of classical music on Sundays on the beautiful Bellas Artes patio. Worthy of note is that the large chamber orchestra has served as the vehicle to bring like-minded musicians together to form their own duos, trios, quartets, and quintets. These smaller ensembles are now featured in their own “Alternative Sundays” concerts, which have met with enthusiasm and accolades for originality and insightful interpretive skills.

One of our most popular string quartets, the Strad, returns next week for a special Christmas concert. Violist María del Mar Domínguez is also part of our chamber orchestra and will be joined by her colleagues—cellist José Francisco Morales and violinists Mitzi Juárez and Itzel Torres—for a performance to celebrate the advent of the holiday season.

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

Violinist Itzel Margarita López Torres began her studies at 11. She represented Querétaro in a national event involving 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 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 México.

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

An intimate concert of vigorous ensemble playing elicits intense spectator involvement. The Strad Quartet is able to tap into the emotive power of works by master composers from Latin America and Europe. Artists of such youthful energy and technical skill are more than the standardized graduates of university and conservatory faculties of music. When inspired, they transform traditional and contemporary works into subjective experiences and private reminiscences for all of us listeners!

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

Please join our Strad Quartet for an exciting midday concert tribute to the spirit of Christmas, on December 9 at Bellas Artes. ¡Feliz Navidad!


Tribute to the Spirit of Christmas

Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra

Sun, Dec 9, 12:30pm

Bellas Artes

Hernández Macías 75, Centro



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