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Bringing New Brunswick to Latin America

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On Tuesday July 26, the Saint John String Quartet will embark on their first Latin American tour.

For 27 days they will travel from Ecuador to Chile, from Argentina to Columbia performing in beautiful venues like Casa de la Musica de Quito, Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano, Musica de Neuquen and Teatro Mitre. The Quartet will be joined by New Brunswick composer and pianist, Martin Kutnowski, professor of music at St. Thomas University. Together, they will be performing six of his works including his newest composition Saudade for Piano Quintet. In addition to 14 concerts, they will be giving masterclasses to music students and will have the opportunity to collaborate with three orchestras.

“We are very excited to share in the many cultures we will encounter, and are equally as excited and proud to be bringing Canadian compositions with us to showcase our Atlantic Canadian heritage,” says Quartet Cellist Sonja Adams. “From compositions which portray a musical version of our history and the landscape of our home in New Brunswick, to the vibrant, regional visual art that we feature on many of our album covers and posters, we strive to create a truly unique Canadian experience.” Violinists David Adams and Danielle Sametz, violist Christopher Buckley round out the Quartet members.

The Quartet maintains an active schedule of more than 125 concerts each year in addition to their work as the core members of the provincial symphony orchestra SYMPHONY NEW BRUNSWICK and musicians-in- residence at the UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK in Saint John.

Marking 29 years together, the group released their fifth album – Montage – in October 2014. The Saint John String Quartet focuses on performing and recording works that are new, innovative or under appreciated in the classical music world and their latest recording achieves it all.

The Saint John String Quartet is as likely to be co-starring with Canadian pop favorites like bluesman Matt Anderson and The Rankin Family or opening for international superstar Meat Loaf as it is to be performing the masterworks of Haydn or Beethoven. It’s this flexibility that makes them popular on stages in Europe, China, Hong Kong, Japan and the USA as well as home.

The Quartet looks forward to its Latin American performances and would like to thank the Government of New Brunswick, Canada Council for the Arts and our corporate and private friends who all play a part in promoting these new cultural opportunities and exchanges.