String quartets by Mexican composers are the stock in trade of La Catrina Quartet, founded in 2001. The group plays a program this weekend in St. Petersburg that includes works by contemporary Mexican composers Emmanuel Arias y Luna (his La Zacatecana), Eduardo Gamboa (Canambu) and Javier Alvarez (Metro Chabacano), as well as the String Quartet No. 1 of Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. The non-Latino outlier on the program is Haydn's Op. 76, No. 5 Quartet in D major.
La Catrina, the faculty quartet in residence at New Mexico State University, had a recent personnel change, with cellist Philip von Maltzahn joining the group, replacing Alan Daowz.
Pictured here are, from left, Blake Espy, second violin; Jorge Martinez, viola; Daowz, the former cello; and Daniel Vega-Albela, first violin.
The quartet's concert is at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $10, $22. (727) 896-2667; fine-arts.org.