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Latin Grammy-winning tango pianist Octavio Brunetti Promises High Voltage TANGO For Fourth Annual “The Americas—In Concert”

PITTSBURGH, PA – September 6, 2011 – The Octavio Brunetti Quintet returns to Pittsburgh with a high-voltage program including some of Nuevo tango’s leading arrangements for the fourth annual “The Americas—In Concert,” starting at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, October 1, 2011, at The Hillman Center for Performing Arts, Richard E. Rauh Theater. In the program: Ástor Pantaleón Piazzolla’s Calambre, Escualo, Revirado, and Adios Nonino. Presenting the annual event for a fourth consecutive year are sponsors Med Health Services, Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute and Oliver W. Caminos, MD & Associates, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Center for Latin American Studies and Shady Side Academy. The event is free to the public. For information, call 412-457-0507.

The Octavio Brunetti Quintet promises a program that is almost too energizing for a sit-down concert. One of the most sought after tango pianists of modern times, Octavio Brunetti has successfully directed the Quintet since early 2000. Brunetti was recently named among the most creative and talented Argentine musicians living in New York City by Argentina’s leading newspaper, La Nación. Quintet violinist, Machiko Ozawa, delivers an engaging musical style that fuses the sharp sexiness of tango music with pulsating jazz improvisation. Guitarist Adam Tully’s skills as a performer, arranger, and composer are equaled by his experience and credentials in the world of Latin American music. Hailed for the "remarkable versatility and ease with which he negotiates styles from Bach to flamenco," Adam is respected as a concert soloist, and considered a valuable collaborator by his fellow musicians in the realm of Argentine Tango. On bandoneón, Héctor Del Curto releases a sensual and sustained breath into each arrangement, melding the Quintet’s disparate musical expressions into one cohesive and passionate Tango sound. Pittsburgh-trained bass player, Matt Aronoff, completes the Quintet. A latecomer to music, Aronoff began studying bass at around 17 and within a year was accepted to study with renowned bassist and educator Anthony Bianco at Carnegie Mellon University. While studying and living in Pittsburgh he performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Opera Company, The Mendelssohn Choir and legendary saxophonist Eric Kloss.

Renowned Argentine tango performers, Diego Di Falco and Carolina Zokalski will accompany the Octavio Brunetti Quintet on stage for several arrangements, including La Tablada, by Francisco Canaro, Loca by Manuel Jovés, Negracha by Osvaldo Pugliese and Gallo Ciego by Agustín Bardi. At the age of 20 Diego & Carolina joined the original cast of the show FOREVER TANGO, becoming the youngest tango dancers in the history of American musical theater on Broadway. They toured with the show in the United States, Europe and Canada for more than four years.

Known for his sentimental interpretation and charismatic voice timbre, Eduardo Parra will lend his voice to several of the night’s performances, including Yuyo Verde by Domingo Federico and Homero Expósito, Pasional, by Jorgue Caldara and María Soto, Bien Criolla y Bien Porteña by Armando Pontier, El Amor Desolado by Alberto Cortez and Que Tango Hay Que Cantar by Rubén Juarez and Cacho Castaña. Parra is a recognized Tango and Argentinean Folk Music singer, as well as an active songwriter.

This will be the second time that the Brunetti Quintet, based in New York City, will travel to Pittsburgh for “The Americas—In Concert,” which in its fourth year is becoming a highly anticipated Pittsburgh tradition. When first appearing at the “The Americas—In Concert” in 2009, Brunetti filled auditorium seats to capacity, drawing an overflow crowd that resulted in the turning away of hundreds of people at the door. “The Quintet’s 2009 performance was met with such explosive applause from audience members who were simply left in awe of the musicians’ raw talent and skill. They couldn’t hold their enthusiasm until the end of the concert,” said Oliver W. Caminos, M.D., chair, “The Americas—In Concert” committee, and Medical Director of Med Health Services and Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute. “We are excited to have the opportunity to welcome the Quintet back to Pittsburgh and showcase the artists, and their talented dancers, in a larger venue that seats up to 650 audience members. On a personal note, I welcome the opportunity to work with Shady Side Academy, which not only has a state-of-the art performance venue, but is also the alma mater for five of my six children.”

Since 2007, Dr. Caminos has worked closely with the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Latin American Studies to sponsor the annual event. “Over the past four years, through the generous support of Med Health Services and the Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute “The Americas—In Concert” series has introduced extraordinary artists to Pittsburgh in concerts that are free and open to the public,” says Kathleen Musante DeWalt, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies. “The members of the Octavio Brunetti Quintet are the best tango musicians in the United States. They knocked the socks off of the audience two years ago, and the Center for Latin American Studies is delighted to be able to collaborate with Med Health Services, Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute and Shady Side Academy in presenting them, again, to Pittsburgh.”

Tom Cangiano, President of Shady Side Academy, adds, “Shady Side Academy is honored to host Mr. Brunetti, the world-renowned maestro, in our Hillman Center for Performing Arts. This concert will be a fun, educational way for the community to engage with Latin culture. We are grateful to the Caminos family for providing this excellent opportunity.

“The Americas—In Concert” is an annual concert designed to promote the development of local and national professional musicians, while exposing Pittsburgh’s general public to the musical works of all of the America’s, from North to South. Past concerts have featured performances by Lilly Abreu, Brazilian soprano, who lives in Pittsburgh (2008), the Octavio Brunetti Quintet (2009) located in New York City, and the Eric Mintel Quartet jazz ensemble based in Philadelphia (2010). In anticipation of future events, “The Americas—In Concert” Committee is now accepting information from interested artists who would like to perform during the “2012 The Americas—In Concert.” Artists may submit info kits directly to Lilly Abreu, lillyabreu1@gmail.com, 412-362-1771 or via the Center for Latin American Studies, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 4200 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, 412-648-7394.

About Med Health Services and Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute (MHS/PCI). Both parent medical companies are located in Monroeville, PA, providing medical offices, internists, medical practitioners and Nursing Homes with access to outpatient medical diagnostic testing, reducing the need for hospital referrals. MHS and PCI specialize in outpatient diagnostic services, bringing the most modern diagnostic testing capabilities to the physicians’ office, modernizing its diagnostic and treatment capabilities. MHS and PCI both provide general medical laboratory testing, all modalities of sonography, nuclear medicine, etc. www.mhsdiagnostics.com / www.pittsburghcardiovascular.com

About the University of Pittsburgh Center for Latin American Studies. Based in Pittsburgh (Oakland), the University of Pittsburgh Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) is internationally renowned for its wealth of resources on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). CLAS continually seeks to expand and enrich LAC resources to offer students multidisciplinary academic training programs of the highest quality. Also disseminating knowledge beyond the University, CLAS develops, coordinates, and presents outreach programs for the K-12 educational community, colleges and universities, the business and professional sectors, and the general public. Activities include lectures, films, workshops, conferences, art exhibits, musical performances, and an annual Latin American and Caribbean festival. CLAS has earned recognition for excellence in undergraduate, graduate, and professional education and in community outreach. CLAS has been designated as a comprehensive National Resource Center on Latin America by the U.S. Department of Education. http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/about.html

About Shady Side Academy. Shady Side Academy is a nationally respected private school in Pittsburgh for boys and girls in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with an optional five-day boarding experience in high school. Three age-specific campuses with extraordinary resources, teachers who actively mentor, a forward-thinking curriculum, a diverse and inclusive community, and a legacy of alumni accomplishments all inspire Shady Side students to high achievement in academics, the arts and athletics, and to meaningful ambitions in life. www.shadysideacademy.org

About The Hillman Center for Performing Arts. The Hillman Center for Performing Arts, established in 2004, is one of Western Pennsylvania’s newest cultural venues. Its flagship offering, the Hillman Performing Arts Series, presents programs of excellence that represent Pittsburgh’s cultural traditions while celebrating global artistic innovation. Special emphasis is placed on family-friendly programming. www.thehillman.org

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