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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
September 16, 2005

Cuarteto Latinoamericano To Perform Two World Premieres September 22

Cuarteto Latinoamericano,the School of Music's artists-in-residence, will perform premieres by Nancy Galbraith and Carson Cooman during its concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, at Alumni Concert Hall.

PITTSBURGH—Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music artists-in-residence, will perform premieres by Nancy Galbraith and Carson Cooman during a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 22, at the Alumni Concert Hall, College of Fine Arts, on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Admission is free.

"String Quartet No. 3," by acclaimed composer and composition professor Galbraith, was written in 2005 for the Cuarteto. "Hints of Appalachian folk music pervade periodically throughout 'String Quartet No. 3,'" said Galbraith. "This is the third string quartet I have composed for Cuarteto Latinoamericano, following "String Quartet No. 1" (1996) and "Inquiet Spirits" (2000). I am delighted and honored to continue our collaboration with this newest work," she said.

The second world premiere is "Sankaty Dreaming (String Quartet No. 4)" by Cooman. He is a graduate student in music composition at Carnegie Mellon's School of Music. His premiere was the winner work at Carnegie Mellon's annual composition competition for string quartet, sponsored by the School of Music and Cuarteto Latinoamericano. "The quartet was written in memory of all those whose lives have been claimed by the sea and is inspired by the landscape of Nantucket, Massachusetts," Cooman said.

Concluding the concert program is Dmitri Shostakovich's masterpiece, "String Quartet No. 3." The centennial of Shostakovich's birth will be celebrated in 2006 around the world, and Cuarteto Latinoamericano is preparing for many performances of his works during the year.

The School of Music is one of the nation's most distinguished degree-granting music preparatory programs and is one of five schools within 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: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs.

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