University of Pittsburgh
October 15, 2010

Pitt’s Center for Latin American Studies to Present Third Annual “The Americas—In Concert” Nov. 20

The performance will feature renowned pianist and composer Eric Mintel and the Eric Mintel Quartet
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Latin American Studies, along with Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute and Med Health Services, will present the Eric Mintel Quartet in the third annual “The Americas—In Concert.” The free public concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in Pitt’s Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Dr., Oakland. 

Eric Mintel, jazz pianist and composer, created the Eric Mintel Quartet, which incorporates jazz and classical music. The quartet has traveled throughout the country combining these elements with choral music; it was invited to perform at the White House for President Clinton in 1998 and performed last year on NBC Philadelphia’s “The 10! Show.” 

Mintel also will offer a jazz workshop for students at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. Jazz theory, ensemble performance, jazz rhythms studies, and stage presence tips are among the topics that will be discussed. Teachers are invited to arrange for their classes to attend the workshop. For more information on the workshop, contact Lilly Abreu at lilly_abreu@yahoo.com or 412-362-1771. 

“The Americas—In Concert” was created to promote the development of local and national professional musicians while furthering an appreciation for the musical forms of both North and South America. 

Pitt’s Center for Latin American Studies is part of the University Center for International Studies. For more information call 412-648-7392. 

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