Homage to Alejo Carpentier, Wednesday, November 17th, 2004 at the Bolivarian

The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Cuban Interest
Section cordially invite you to an Homage to Alejo Carpentier, a concert by
Carpentier Quartet

Bolivarian Hall, 2443 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Hour: 7:00 PM

There is no admission charge for this event

To RSVP: (202) 342-6848




The Carpentier Quartet formed in 1993 while it’s members were students at the Juilliard School. Largely influenced by the life and work of pioneering cultural critic and essayist, Alejo Carpentier (b. Cuba, 1904 –1980), the quartet’s mission is the promotion, performance and education of the rich and diverse musical history of Latin America as well as the development of the contemporary Latino musical voice.

The Carpentier Quartet's uniqueness lies in its commitment to performing unknown masterworks of the Latin American chamber music repertory along side contemporary Latin American works including newly commissioned works and the quartet’s own arrangements which include elements of Latin Jazz, Jazz, Classical and Folk.

To date, the Carpentier Quartet has premiered the works of more than 25 Latin American composers such as Carlos Chavez, Manuel Ponce, Inocente Carreno, Juan B. Plaza, Blanca Estrella Mescoli, Amadeo Roldan, Teresa Carreno, Carlos Figueredo, Jose A. Molina, Raimundo Penaforte, Giancarlo Vulcano and Alejandro Garcia Catural. They have collaborated with numerous artists and institutions including Maria Marquez, The American Ballet Theatre Company, Carnegie Hall, The Sphinx Organization, CUNY Graduate Center, Queens College, LaGuardia Community College, The Juilliard School, The Walnut Hill School, among others. In addition, the quartet performs live in venues throughout the East Coast and has made special appearances on programs on WFUV, WFMU and WQXR radio stations.

The Quartet currently has artistic and educational residencies at the Harlem School for the Arts and the Sphinx Performance Academy at Walnut Hill and provides on-going lecture/concerts for LaGuardia Community College. The quartet was a recent recipient of the prestigious Residency Partnership Program Grant, a competitive grant awarded by Chamber Music America for excellence in programming. Through this award the quartet will begin an educational and public performance residency at El Museo del Barrio and the opportunity to advance their mission by exploring the connections between Latin American visual art history and music history.

The Carpentier Quartert is comprised of Romulo Benavides, Eddie Venegas (violins), Samuel Marchan (viola), and David Gotay (cello)

For more information on the band: Carpentier Quartet

Please send e-mail to the Cultural Affairs Office with questions or comments