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The Award-Winning Bell Art Quartet Unites Performers and Audiences

By Tim Hazell

Many of you have attended and enjoyed our Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra’s energetic performances of classical music on Sundays at Centro Cultural El Nigromante, aka Bellas Artes. Worthy of note is that the chamber orchestra has also 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 featured in their own “Alternative Sundays” concerts, the latest being an exciting performance next week by Queretaro’s Bell Art Quartet. Two of the members, violist Alejandra Cruz Pérez and Christopher Morales Guaneros, are part of our larger orchestra and will be joined by their colleagues—violinist Beatriz Olvera Contreras, cellist Luis Guillermo Martinéz Jimenéz, and guest artist and tenor Roberto Martínez Ferruzca—for a special concert on Sunday, August 11, at 12:30pm in Bellas Artes’s Miguel Malo Auditorium.

Their Mexican music program will include works by Manuel M. Ponce and instrumental accompaniments for vocal arrangements by Maestro Ferruzca, for songs such as “O Sole Mio,” “Solamente Una Vez” by Agustín Lara, and “Bésame Mucho” by Consuelo Velázquez.

Bell Art Quartet has been an innovative string 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, and the invention of the telegraph and the internal combustion engine. Frederic Chopin enlarged the repertoire for solo piano, expanding the instrument’s range and its impact on modern music. Franz Schubert’s personality and style exemplified the Romantic ideal.

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 will depend on public support, voluntary donations of any amount are gratefully accepted.

Please join our Bell Art Quartet and tenor Roberto Martínez Ferruzca for a midday concert tribute to Mexican and European chamber music Sunday, August 11, in the Miguel Malo Auditorium at beautiful Bellas Artes!

 

Concert

Tribute to Mexican and European Chamber Music

The Bell Art Quartet with tenor Roberto Martínez Ferruzca

Sun, Aug 11, 12:30pm

Miguel Malo Auditorium

Bellas Artes, Hernández Macías 75, Centro

Voluntary donations of any amount are gratefully accepted.

 

TIM HAZELL

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