Cuarteto Latinoamericano is coming to Nichols Concert Hall next month

The Music Institute of Chicago kicks off the 2022-23 Nichols Concert Hall season with the acclaimed Cuarteto Latinomericano on Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. This concert, presented in partnership with the International Latino Cultural Center in Chicago, celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and features classical works for string quartet by composers from Central and South America. The performance will also be available via livestream.

Cuarteto Latinomericano is a multiple Grammy Award-winning string quartet from Mexico City celebrating 40 years as an ensemble. Founded in Mexico, Cuarteto has toured extensively across Europe, North and South America, Israel, China, Japan and New Zealand. They have premiered over 100 works written for them and continue to introduce new, overlooked composers to the genre. Winners of the 2012 and 2016 Latin Grammys for Best Classical Recordings, they have won the Mexican Music Critics Association Award and have three times received Chamber Music America/ASCAP’s “Most Adventurous Programming” award.

The October 15 program includes two tangos by Carlos Gardel: Volver and For Una Cabeza; La Calaca, the last dance from Gabriela Ortiz’s Altar de Metros; Essay No. 1 for quartet by Francisco Mignone; String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20 by Alberto Ginastera; and String Quartet No. 17 (1957), the last string quartet by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, which is the focus of the Music Institute’s One Composer, One Community program this year.

One Composer, One Community focuses on the life and work of a single, often underrepresented BIPOC composer. Considered the most important creative figure in 20th century Brazilian art music, Villa-Lobos’ unique compositional style synthesized contemporary European techniques with elements of national music. A prolific composer, Villa-Lobos wrote more than 2,000 orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal works.

The Cuarteto Latinomericano presents a masterclass in Villa-Lobos String Quartets on October 15 at 4 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, free and open to the public.

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