The group will also perform in the Carrizozo School Multipurpose Room on Monday morning, November 17 at 10AM as part of the Carrizozo School Outreach Program. Both concerts are free and open to the public.
To reach the church, turn West at 12th Street, between the 54 Emporium and Roys Ice Cream Parlor. Turn right onto D Ave and go two blocks to the church. Carrizozo School multipurpose room is located on the Northwest corner of the campus and reached from Airport Blvd (8th Street). Take the driveway just past the E Ave. stop sign.
Carrizozo Music in indebted to the generosity of Otero County Electric Round-up Grant for making these concerts possible.
Since it's founding in 2007, La Catrina String Quartet (LCSQ) is recognized as the new vanguard for contemporary Latin American string quartet repertoire. Their mission is three-fold: a deep commitment to the cultivation of new works by living U.S. composers and throughout the Americas; the programming of existing Latin American works rarely performed in the U.S. and abroad; bringing fresh interpretations to classical, romantic and twentieth century masterpieces. Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as "wonderful ambassadors for Latin American music," LCSQ members are from México (Daniel Vega-Albela, Jorge Martínez-Rios), Brazil (Roberta Arruda) and Chile (Jorge Espinoza). Their rich cultural origins convey an unparalleled stylistic authenticity and artistic vision in their performances, collaborations and recordings. It is this unique balance of core Latin American repertoire with American and European classical traditions which characterizes both the diversity of their concert programs and appeal to multi-cultural audiences.
Born in Mexico City, Daniel Vega-Albela started studying violin with Yuriko Kuronuma. At fifteen, he won silver medal in the first National Violin Competition in Mexico City. At sixteen, he traveled to New York City, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Mannes College of Music, under the guidance of Sally Thomas. He has played with many ensembles in the United States, such as the St. Cecilia Chamber Orchestra and the Western New York Chamber Players. He has toured Japan and Mexico, and has had many appearances as soloist with different orchestras throughout Mexico. He has also worked with several chamber and symphony orchestras in Mexico, such as the Orquesta de Cámara de Morelos, the Camerata de Torreón, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería.
From 1994 to 1997, he was instructor of violin at the Academia Yuriko Kuronuma in Mexico City, and in 1997, he joined the Conservatorio de las Rosas to teach violin performance and to play with their new music ensemble, the Ensamble de las Rosas. From 2001 to 2003, he was violin Instructor at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. His devotion to teaching has already yielded some important results: he is featured in the 2004 and 2005 edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Mr. Vega-Albela holds a Master of violin performance degree from Western Michigan University, and a Master of chamber music degree from Kent State University, where he studied with Renata Artman Knific and Ivan Chan, respectively.
Roberta Arruda recently received her Master degree in Violin Performance from the University of New Mexico, under the tutelage of Carmelo de los Santos and has played as soloist and chamber musician throughout New Mexico since 2007. She completed her Bachelor of music performance in Brazil and received an Artist Diploma from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Budapest, Hungary, where she spent 2 years under full scholarship from the prestigious Vitae Foundation.
As a chamber musician she is a core player for Sunday Chatter (formerly known as the Church of Beethoven), at Las Placitas Series, Santa Fe Promusica, and has performed with Taos Chamber Music, Serenata of Santa Fe, Albuquerque Chamber Soloists, in Duo concerts with cellists Joan Zucker, Joel Becktell, Udi Bar-David (Philadelphia Orchestra) among others. With cellist Laszlo Mezo from Hungary she formed Duo Erkel, with which they toured Brazil performing solos with orchestras and chamber recitals. Roberta was a member of the Santa Fe Symphony and held a 1 year position with the late New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and performs extensively throughout the southwestern US. SHe will be the featured soloist with the Los Alamos Symphony this upcoming October and with the Red Rock ensemble in November.
Born in Torreón, México, Jorge Martínez Rios studied viola at the Conservatorio de las Rosas, where he graduated with honors under the tutelage of professor Gela Dubrova. Mr. Martínez has performed across the US and Mexico in some of the most prestigious concert venues, such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Meany Hall's World Series in Seattle, Chicago Center for the Arts, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, just to mention a few. He has been principal and assistant principal viola for different orchestras in Mexico and the US, like the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, the Camerata de Coahuila, the Orquesta de Cámara de Michoacán, the Western Piedmont Symphony and the Las Cruces Symphony.
Most recently, Mr. Martínez was invited by CONACULTA (the National Council for Culture and Art in Mexico) to record chamber works of José Pablo Moncayo, including a string trio and the sonata for viola and piano with acclaimed Mexican pianist Guadalupe Parrondo. This recording was made to celebrate the composer's 100th anniversary. He has also recorded music by Mexican composer Germán Romero under the Quindecim recording label; Angelwings, a CD of music by contemporary composers from Ohio; and the Francisco Mignone Seresta for double quartet in collaboration with the Cuarteto Latinoamericano for the Sono Luminus label. Currently, Mr. Martinez is Assistant Professor of Viola at New Mexico State University and keeps a busy schedule touring and teaching.
Jorge Espinoza was awarded the Gregor Piatigorsky Full Scholarship to study and teach at the Peabody Conservatory of Music the undergraduate and graduate cello studio as an assistant teacher of Stephen Kates. He holds a Graduate Performance Diploma in Violoncello and a Graduate Performance Diploma in Chamber Music from Peabody Conservatory of Music, studying with Stephen Kates, David Hardy, and Andrés Díaz.
He graduated with honors from Universidad Católica de Chile and received his Master's Degree in Music Performance on full scholarship from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh , studying with David Premo and Anne Martindale Williams. Previous teachers include Jorge Román, Laszlo Varga, Dennis Parker, Marcio Carneiro.
His passion for teaching cello and coaching chamber music groups has brought him to present masterclasses and workshops in the United States and abroad, including at the Third International Seminar Portuguesa-Acarigua, Venezuela, part of El Sistema. Mr. Espinoza's orchestral experience has included performances at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony and orchestras and chamber ensembles in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Symphony Hall. He has been a featured soloist and chamber musician, performing concertos, solo and chamber music recitals in his native land, Chile, and throughout South America, the United States, Europe and Mexico.
He is a prizewinner of international and national competitions and awards including the Maryland State Arts Council Solo Instrumental Performance Award and Peabody Career Development Grants. An avid chamber musician, his interest in researching, performing and arranging folk music from Latin America for string quartet and chamber ensembles has brought him to different cities in South America including Buenos Aires to pursue studies with great tango masters including Maestros Osvaldo Berlingieri, Mauricio Marcelli, Osvaldo Requena and Julián Plaza.
For more information about any of the concerts please check www.carrizozomusic.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Elaine Brannen at 575-648-2757 or Barbara Culbertson at 575-648-2279. Carrizozo Music sponsors a series of classical, summer pops and school outreach concerts with a commitment to providing free quality music to the residents of Lincoln County and surrounding area. Whenever possible these concerts are made available to students of the Carrizozo School System and residents of New Horizons Developmental Center.