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La Catrina String Quartet concert to benefit NMSU scholarships

Latin Grammy Award-winning La Catrina String Quartet will perform at a fundraiser sponsored by New Mexico State University's Hispanic Faculty/Staff Caucus. The event, "La Catrina con Vino y Tapas," will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Tickets cost $30, and include two glasses of wine and Spanish appetizers known as Tapas.

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La Catrina String Quartet members from left to right: Jorge Martinez-Rios, Daniel Vega-Albela, Roberta Arruda and Cesar Martinez. (Submitted image)
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La Catrina String Quartet will perform at a fundraising event presented by the Hispanic Faculty/Staff Caucus from 7-9:30 p.m. Aug. 30, at the Las Cruces Convention Center. (Submitted image)

'"La Catrina con Vino y Tapas,' represents the heart of our community that is rich with history, culture, art and hope for a better tomorrow," said Cristobal Rodriguez, assistant professor of educational leadership and policy in the Department of Educational Management and Development in the College of Education. "Part of that bright future is through the support we provide our students, which this scholarship fundraiser accomplishes like a filled wine glass of dreams and hope."

La Catrina Quartet is the string quartet in residence in the College of Arts and Sciences at NMSU. Their unique blend of Latin-American and standard repertoire has proved enormously entertaining for its diverse audiences, catering to the more traditional concertgoers while also attracting the next generation of listeners. Their infectious personalities infuse their playing, creating truly compelling performances.

Faculty members in the quartet are violinists Daniel Vega-Albela and Roberta Arruda, cellist Cesar Martinez and violist Jorge Martinez-Rios.

Tickets can be purchased through Aug. 29, in Room 235 of Garcia Annex, or online via credit card at https://shopcart.nmsu.edu/shop/chipro. Proceeds from the event will benefit the HFSC scholarship endowment fund at the NMSU Foundation.

The HFSC scholarship endowment fund has awarded more than $60,000 in more than 40 scholarships since its inception. It is intended to help support full-time students at the main campus who maintain at least 3.0 GPA and have financial need.

For more information about the benefit, contact Cris Rodriguez at 575-646-2573, or Christina Chavez Kelley at 575-646-1729.