Carnegie Mellon Press Release: November 7, 2003
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Eric C. Sloss

For immediate release:
November 7, 2003

Cuarteto Latinoamericano to Perform First Time With School of Music Faculty

PITTSBURGH—The Cuarteto Latinoamericano will perform with Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music faculty Toby Appel and Sergey Schepkin, a new piano professor in the School of Music, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, in the Kresge Recital Hall on the Carnegie Mellon campus. This is their first performance together. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for students and seniors, free for Carnegie Mellon students. For tickets in advance and more information, please call 412-268-2383.

The Cuarteto Latinoamericano and Appel will be performing Anton Bruckner's "Viola Quintet," a masterpiece of symphonic proportions. Also included in the program is a rare work for viola, piano and quartet by Joaquin Turina, titled "Scene Andalouse." The piece, infused with the rhythms of Andalusia, features Appel and Schepkin.

Mexican composer Carlos Sánchez Gutiérrez wrote the third work on the program "Cinco para Cuatro" for the Cuarteto Latinoamericano for their 20th anniversary. Gutierrez is the newly appointed professor of composition at Eastman School of Music in Rochester.

Saul Bitran, violinist of the Cuarteto, said, "This concert comes at very important time for the Cuarteto, as we are celebrating our 21st year in music and our 17th season at Carnegie Mellon. The concert will be a wonderful opportunity to hear our guest artists, distinguished professors Toby Appel, viola, and Sergey Schepkin, piano."

The concert will air live on WQED-FM, 89.3.

The Cuarteto also recently published a book in Spanish about their careers. The quartet consists of Saul Bitran, violin, Aron Bitran, violin, Javier Montiel, viola, and Alvaro Bitran, cello.

The School of Music is one of five schools in Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs. For more information on the College of Fine Arts, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email


Joaquin Turina
  Scène Andalouse, for Viola, Piano and String Quartet
  with Toby Appel, viola
  Sergey Schepkin, piano
Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez
  Cinco para Cuatro* (2002)
  Ostinato furioso
Anton Bruckner
  Quintet in F Major for Viola and Quartet
  with Toby Appel, viola
  *Dedicated to Cuarteto Latinoamericano


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