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Nov. 1, 2007
CONTACT: Heather Egan Stalfort
(410) 516-0341 ext. 17

Baltimore Debut of Mexico's La Catrina String Quartet
Friday, Nov. 16, at Evergreen Museum & Library

The 55th anniversary season of Evergreen Museum & Library's Music at Evergreen concert series continues with Mexico's captivating La Catrina Quartet, making its Baltimore debut at 8 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 16. They will perform Latin American selections by Javier Alvarez, Emmanuel Arias y Luna, Silvestre Revueltas, and Miguel Bernal Jiménez, and Franz Schubert's well- loved D minor quartet, "Death and the Maiden."

The concert is followed by a meet-the-artists reception, where patrons are invited to ask questions about the music and the performance and mingle with other audience members while enjoying light refreshments.

The performance will be held in the Carriage House at Evergreen Museum & Library, 4545 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Tickets are $20 for the public, $15 for members and $10 students with valid ID. Advance tickets are available at www.missiontix.com or by calling 410-516-0341. Cash or check only at the door. Group tickets are available by phone only at 410-516-0341. Complete concert information is available online at www.museums.jhu.edu.

Formed in 2001 by alumni of Mexico's Conservatorio de las Rosas, the renowned La Catrina String Quartet (George Anthony Figueroa, violin; Jorge Martinez, viola; Daniel Vega-Albela, violin; Alan Daowz, cello) is rapidly earning a reputation as a world-class ensemble. Young, talented, and passionate, the quartet displays its "prodigious conjunction of individual talents" (La Jornada Michoacán) with mastery that far exceeds what one expects from such a young quartet.

Named for a folkloric image of death that honors the departed while celebrating life by seizing the moment, La Catrina String Quartet is dedicated to commissioning music by Hispanic composers, to promoting Mexican and Latin-American art music and to performing the masterworks of the string quartet repertoire.

Currently the quartet-in-residence at the Western Piedmont Symphony, La Catrina String Quartet has received numerous awards and recognitions, such as Western Michigan University's All Univeristy Research and Creative Scholar Award. They have premiered works by composers Thomas Janson and John Ferrito at the Kent Blossom Music Festival and Zae Munn at the Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Some of this year's highlights have included their participation in the highly competitive Association of Performing Arts Presenters 2007 convention in New York City, which concluded with a performance in Carnegie Hall showcasing them as one of the "next generation's classical music star performers."

About Evergreen Museum & Library

The Johns Hopkins University's Evergreen Museum & Library is at once an intimate collection of fine and decorative art and a vibrant, innovative venue for contemporary artists, musicians and scholars.

Begun in 1952, the museum's Music at Evergreen concert series has presented more than 200 performances by renowned musicians and outstanding emerging artists in intimate, historic settings. Audiences mingle with performers at a post-concert reception and enjoy a shared experience they won't find anywhere else.

Funded in large part by the Evergreen House Foundation, Music at Evergreen continues Alice Warder Garrett's legacy of supporting established and emerging musicians, and inviting audiences to interact with them.

Additional concerts this season include:

Friday, March 21, 8 p.m.
Winners of Astral Artistic Services' 2006 National Auditions. The program includes Maurice Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin," Jennifer Higdon's "Autumn Music," Malcolm Arnold's "Three Shanties" Op. 4 and Carl Nielsen's Quintet for Winds, Op. 43. (at Carriage House)

Friday, April 11, 8 p.m.
Russian pianist Gleb Ivanov is "eerily like the ghost of Horowitz His talent is larger than life" (The Washington Times). In the past few years, this incredible young pianist has made debuts in major venues in New York, Washington, and Paris, as well as Boston, to rave reviews praising his virtuosity and musicality. (at Carriage House)

High resolution digital photographs are available by contacting Heather Egan Stalfort at 410-516-0341, ext. 17, or hestalfort@jhu.edu..