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La Catrina String quartet to join NMSU music department faculty

The New Mexico State University Department of Music announces the addition of the La Catrina String Quartet to the music faculty. The new faculty members at the College of Arts and Sciences starting in fall 2009 are Daniel Albela, Blake Espy, Jorge Martinez and Alan Daowz.

Musicians Jorge Martínez, Daniel Vega-Albela, Blake Espy and Alan Daowz will join the New Mexico State University music department faculty beginning in fall 2009.

Hailed by Yo Yo Ma as wonderful ambassadors for music, the La Catrina String Quartet is one of the most sought after ensembles on tour today. "Their unique blend of Latin-American and standard repertoire has proved enormously entertaining for its diverse audiences, catering to the more traditional concertgoers while still attracting the next generation of listeners. Their infectious personalities infuse their playing, creating truly compelling performances," said NMSU music department head Ken VanWinkle.

"The hiring of the La Catrina String Quartet will allow the Music Department at New Mexico State University to offer the highest quality of violin, viola, cello and bass instruction in this part of the United States," VanWinkle said.

The La Catrina Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at New Mexico State University tours regularly throughout the U.S. and Mexico, and has received prestigious awards and recognitions, such as Western Michigan University's All University Research and Creative Scholar Award, the Bascom Little Fund Grant and the North Carolina Arts Council cARTwheels 2009 and 2010 touring program. They have also 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.

For more information about the quartet visit the group's Web site at: http://www.lacatrinaquartet.com/what_is_la_catrina.htm.