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Teresa Thomas

For immediate release:
November 8, 2002

Carnegie Mellon's Cuarteto Latinoamericano and Soprano Lilly Abreu Perform Concert of Brazilian Music
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Pittsburgh—The Cuarteto Latinoamericano will join soprano Lilly Abreu in a concert of classical and popular works by Brazilian composers on Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kresge Recital Hall of Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts.

Titled "Bossa Nossa," the concert will feature "Quartet No. 4," by famed classical composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, as well as a range of Brazilian popular music performed in a classical style.

Praised by critics for her "crystal clear soprano voice and dramatic persona," Abreu has performed as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras in France, Spain, Portugal, Argentina and the United States. She currently sings with the Pittsburgh Opera and has performed such productions as "Turandot," "Falstaff," "La Traviata" and "Tosca." An accomplished popular music artist in Brazil, Abreu can be heard as voice-over singer in the Brazilian versions of many of Disney's best-known films, including "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin," "Pocahontas" and "Song of the South," as well as "Disney on Ice" (the voice of Cinderella).

Quartet-in-residence at Carnegie Mellon's School of Music for more than a decade, the internationally acclaimed Cuarteto Latinoamericano is celebrating its 20th performance season. The three Bitrans, violinists Saul and Aron, and cellist Alvaro, together with violist Javier Montiel, have spent the last two decades touring extensively in Europe and North and South America. Their recording of "Villa-Lobos: String Quartets, Vol. 6, Nos. 4, 9, 11" was nominated for a 2002 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. Credited with advancing Latin American music in the world's classical repertoire, the Cuarteto received the 1997, 1999 and 2001 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' Chamber Music America Awards for Adventurous Programming.

The concert is presented by the University of Pittsburgh, the Brazilian Studies Program of the Center for Latin American Studies, the University Center for International Studies and Carnegie Mellon's School of Music, with financial support from the A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, the Mine Safety Appliances Co. Charitable Foundation and the Mellon Financial Corporation Foundation.

General admission is $10 ($8 for senior citizens and students). Seating is limited, please purchase tickets in advance. For information, contact the Carnegie Mellon Concert Office at 412-268-2383.


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