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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
October 28, 2004

Cuarteto Latinoamericano Commemorates the Day of the Dead with Free Concert at Carnegie Mellon November 4

PITTSBURGH—Cuarteto Latinoamericano, string quartet in residence at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music, will commemorate the Mexican Day of the Dead with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 4, 2004, in the Alumni Concert Hall in Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts.

This concert will feature "Altar de Muertos," by Gabriela Ortiz, one of Mexico's leading composers. "Altar de Muertos" was commissioned and premiered by the Kronos Quartet and it is a staged piece exploring the ritual and meaning of death in Mexico today. Other works on the program include Antonin Dvorak's "String Quartet in E-flat" (Op. 51), commemorating the 100th year of his death, and "Presto No. 2" by Uruguayan composer Miguel del Aquila.

Cuarteto Latinoamericano is an authoritative voice in Latin American classical music. The three Bitrán brothers, Saúl and Arón, violinists, and Alvaro, cellist, together with Javier Montiel, violist, have become international ambassadors of their repertoire, touring extensively in Europe, North, Central and South America, as well as New Zealand and Israel. Cuarteto Latinoamericano has recently been nominated for two Grammy awards.

For more information about the concert, contact Amy Stabenow at 412-268-2383. For more information about Cuarteto Latinoamericano, visit For more information about Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or


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