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Guitar quartet plays CMC Spring Valley

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Argentina's Santa Fe Guitar Quartet performs tonight at CMC's Spring Valley center tonight. (Contributed photo)

Art and technology mesh tonight as an international guitar quartet commemorates the addition of Colorado Mountain College’s technology wing at its West Garfield County campus.

In celebration of a $1 million gift from Williams Production Co. for the new wing, the Santa Fe Guitar Quartet from Argentina will play music ranging from Latin tangos to Old World Baroque pieces in the Jim Calaway Honors Series concert at CMC’s Spring Valley campus outside Glenwood Springs.

The quartet, comprised of Christopher Dorsey, Eric Slavin, Mariano Fontana and Miguel Piva, has performed in major North and South American cities, including for audiences at the Lincoln Center and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. The band’s full sound compares to a small string orchestra. Its addition of a six-string contrabass, along with the occasional use of differing instruments and percussive effects, broadens its range and sound palette.

Besides the enjoyment of playing for audiences, the band has a dream of greater unity growing from its music. International boundaries are of no consequence to the group, as two of its members are from Argentina and two are from North America. In addition, its latest recording, a collection of music representing the diverse expression of composers living throughout the Americas, demonstrates the Santa Fe Guitar Quartet’s commitment to merging the Americas through music.

The CMC Foundation will honor Williams for its recent major gift at the show.

“This gift will have a very meaningful outcome for CMC,” said Alexandra Yajko, CMC Foundation CEO. “It will have a two-fold effect: to strengthen CMC’s commitment to training for industries in our communities, and to build a workforce of people for meaningful careers locally as the existing oil and gas workforce nears retirement.”

Formal plans for the technology wing will be presented as the 18-month campus-building project develops.

Tonight’s concert begins at 7 p.m. at CMC’s Spring Valley center. The college’s Center for Excellence in the Arts has produced the honors series for six seasons.

For tickets and directions, call 947-8367.

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