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Date: Thursday, July 21st 2005. Time: 7pm.
RSVP (202) 342-6828
Sal?n Bolivariano
2443 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC 20008

Venezuelan Sounds 2005: The Caracas Clarinet Quartet

The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela invites you to the
Presentation of

"VENEZUELAN SOUNDS 2005: The Caracas Clarinet Quartet"

The Caracas Clarinet Quartet
Hailing from Caracas, Venezuela, four clarinetists embarked on a long journey 16 years ago that has taken them and the best of Latin American music to numerous stages all over the world.

Meet the Caracas Clarinet Quartet. V?ctor Salamanqu?s, Orlando Pimentel, Gregory Parra, and Gorgias S?nchez have poured into this ensemble their enormous talent and enthusiasm which they share in all their performances. The secret of the quartet's success may like in the fact that their four members got their training with the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, which is undoubtedly synonymous with musical excellence, as well as in the commitment and instrumental quality every single one of them puts in their performance with their Yahama instruments.

In recent years, these four Venezuelan clarinetists have been touring the world with heir art and originality. Their musical proposal, filled with Venezuelan and Latin American rhythms and colors adapted from the Caribbean, the Andean and the Amazon regions, has had great success at the world clarinet festivals in Paris (1996), Lubbock (1997), Beijing (1998), and Oostende (1999), as well as in many other major events in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Peru, Puerto Rico, the United States, and Uruguay.

The Caracas Clarinet Quartet will be performing as guest artist at the "Venezuelan Sounds 2005" next Thursday July 21st, at the Bolivarian Hall in Washington DC. The outstanding career of this wonderful ensemble has earned it major awards and rave reviews, including the 1996 Venezuelan National Award for Performing Arts (classic ensemble) by the Casa del Artista and the National Cultural Council of Venezuela. Furthermore, Yamaha Music Latin America S.A. has named the Caracas Clarinet Quartet its Signature Artist.

The Caracas Clarinet Quartet is also an active member of the International Clarinet Association (ICA). The Caracas Clarinet Quartet has released two CDs: "Cuarteto de Clarinetes de Caracas" and, in 1997, "Aires Tropicales", featuring the great Paquito D' Rivera. Reviews abroad have welcomed both productions as outstanding contributions to Venezuelan contemporary music.

We hope you can join us!

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