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Save the Date: The Second Annual "The Americas-In Concert" Showcases Saturday November 21, 2009. Concert is Free and Open to the Public

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 16, 2009) Med Health Services and Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Latin American Studies, proudly present Pittsburgh’s second annual “The Americas—In Concert” on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh. One of the most sought after Tango pianists of our times, Octavio Brunetti, will interpret Tango’s by Argentine composers alongside his band, The Octavio Brunetti Quintet, with whom he tours. The concert is free and open to the public.

Created in 1998 in Argentina by pianist and arranger Octavio Brunetti, The Octavio Brunetti quintet represents the tradition of Argentine Tango in its purest form—a passionate and fascinating music, combined with the new, electrifying Tango from the 21st Century. Octavio Brunetti Quintet’s show transmits the mystery and magic of the Argentine Tango and the avant-garde music that plays in the heartbeat of the Buenos Aires nowadays.

Octavio studied classical piano at the National School of Music in his home town Rosario, Argentina. Before graduating, he was already performing a variety of music styles. But his love for the tango prevailed and soon he was playing with many of Argentina’s most important tango musicians and singers, such as Alberto Castillo, Eladia Blazquez, Ruben Juarez, Domingo Federico, Rodolfo Mederos, Osvaldo Piro, and shared the stage with Horacio Salgan-De Lio, and Atilio Stampone. Octavio co-arranged for the piece “LEVANTE” by the famous Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov and while still quite young, he performed at the world-famous Teatro Colon and the Teatro San Martin in Buenos Aires, in addition to performances at Teatro San Martin in Cordoba, Argentina. In 2002 he was named conductor of the Provincial Orchestra of Popular Music in Cordoba, Argentina.

This is the second year that Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute and Med Health Services are sponsoring “The Americas—In Concert” event, which they hope to make a long-lasting Pittsburgh tradition. It is the second in a series of annual concerts designed to promote the development of local and national professional musicians, while exposing Pittsburgh’s general public to the music works of all of the America’s, from North to South.

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