Carnegie Mellon Press Release: April 5, 2004
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Eric C. Sloss

For immediate release:
April 5, 2004

Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Collaborates With The Cuarteto Latinoamericano in Final Concert of the Season

PITTSBURGH—Juan Pablo Izquierdo will conduct the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic in concert 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland. The program will include the world premiere of a new performance version of George Crumb's landmark composition, "Black Angels" arrangement for string quartet, string orchestra, three percussions and voices, all amplified.

This arrangement by Izquierdo will feature The Cuarteto Latinoamericano and will be recorded for Mode Records and released together with Makrokosmos III as an homage to the 75th anniversary of the composer. Completing the program is Dmitri Shostakovich's epic "Symphony No. 5." Both of these works are dramatic responses to living in a time of war. Maestro Izquierdo's interpretation of Crumb's "Black Angels" had its impetus during Crumb's residence at Carnegie Mellon University in fall of 2002.

General admission to the concert is $5; student admission is free with a valid student ID, and eTickets can be obtained through the Web site,, and exchanged at the box office for complimentary tickets.

Cuarteto Latinoamericano, now in their 20th season, performs classical and contemporary repertoire and specialize in performing the works of composers of the Americas. Composed of three brothers, violinists Saúl, Arón and cellist Alvaro Bitrán, with violist Javier Montiel, Cuarteto Latinoamericano premieres many new works each season. Recently they have been nominated for a Latin Grammy in the classical music category.

Cuarteto Latinoamericano has distinguished itself with performances on radio and television, and in concerts around the world. Highlights of the quartet's recent seasons include performances in New York, Teatro alla Scala Milano, Los Angeles, Toronto, Miami, Mexico City, Paris and London. This award-winning string quartet from Mexico has been in residence at Carnegie Mellon since 1987, and at the Centro Nacional de Artes in Mexico City since 1991.

In addition to a busy concert schedule, the quartet teaches seminars regularly at many conservatories and universities in the USA and Latin America. They have conducted residencies at the Washington Performing Arts Society, St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, Cornell University, Willamette University and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Cuarteto Latinoamericano has been featured in leading musical magazines, such as The Strad and Chamber Music America, and received the1997, 1999 and 2001 "Most Adventurous Programming" awards from The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. The Cuarteto records for Elan, New Albion, Urtext and Dorian Records.

The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic is an ensemble of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. The 100 members of the orchestra have been recruited from 32 states and 18 countries. The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic under Izquierdo has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Symphony Hall in Boston, and made recordings on the Mode and New Albion labels.

Maestro Izquierdo has an international career conducting major orchestras in Europe and South America including the Vienna Symphony Orchestra as well as those in Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Dresden, Leipzig, Madrid, Paris and Brussels and he has also conducted festivals in Holland, Paris, Strasbourg, Berlin, Munich and Budapest. In the Middle East, Izquierdo has conducted the Jerusalem Symphony and the Israel Chamber Orchestra and was music director of the Testimonium Israel Festival in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv from 1974 until 1985. His awards include the National Music Prize by the Israel Ministry of Culture and two times the National Critics Award in his native Santiago.

The School of Music is one of five schools in Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. For more information on the College of Fine Arts contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email


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