Mother Nature could not keep us down! 35+ braved the elements and once inside the charming, antique barn, we were warm, dry and fully entertained by Cuatro Puntos! It was a wonderful afternoon of music with their program of String Quartet No. 4 in C Major, K. 157 (Mozart), Graffiti for Idealists (Michael Laster) and String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, op. 13 (Mendelssohn-Bartholdy). A special surprise that afternoon was meeting Michael Laster, the 26-year old composer of Graffiti for Idealists! Watch a few minutes from that afternoon HERE.
Cuatro Puntos (‘four points’ in Spanish) is a non-profit organization and musical ensemble dedicated to global co-operation and peace through the writing, performance and teaching of music around the world. Musical diplomacy is the keystone of its mission: the musicians of Cuatro Puntos aim to spread peace and understanding through musical partnerships around the world, while always striving for the highest standards of artistic excellence. The ensemble focuses on three areas: theme-driven concerts and public programming; local education and outreach; and two-way cultural exchanges around the world. Cuatro Puntos hosts workshops in Hartford entitled ‘Chamber Music for Peace’, which help young musicians hone musical skills while they learn how to use music to engage with their community and the wider world.
Cuatro Puntos has an ongoing cultural exchange with an El Sistema music programme in Tarija, Bolivia (hence the Spanish name of the group) and with the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul. Cuatro Puntos has performed and given master-classes and lectures extensively across North and South America, Europe and Asia. Their album of Afghan-inspired music for strings, recorded with musicians from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, is available on the Toccata Classics label.