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Famous string quartet plays San Miguel

By Michael Pearl

The Afiara Quartet will play two entirely different concerts for Pro Musica at St. Paul’s Church, calle Cardo, Saturday and Sunday, January 11 and 12, both at 5pm. Their dynamic has been described as “a revelation” (La Presse), with performances balancing “intensity and commitment” and “frequent moments of tenderness” (Montreal Gazette). The quartet is the Glenn Gould School Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music and is the winner of the Young Canadian Musicians Award, Concert Artist Guild International Competition in New York, and top prizes at the Munich ARD and Banff International String Quartet Competitions. As an ensemble for the 21st century, the Afiara seeks to be a string quartet defined by its pursuit of beauty, meaning and growth as musicians and ambassadors for its genre.

Pro Musica Concert Series
Afiara String Quartet
Sat & Sun, Jan 11 & 12, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church
Calle Cardo 6
100, 200, 300 pesos

Their Saturday program features Schumann and Dvorak quartets and Haydn’s famous Bird Quartet. On Sunday, the program includes Wolf’s Italian Serenade, Mozart’s Dissonance and a Beethoven quartet.

Tickets for the concerts, at 100, 200 and 300-peso donation each, are available at La Tienda in the Biblioteca, Insurgentes 25; Solutions, Mesones 57; La Conexión, Aldama 3; St. Paul’s Church, calle Cardo 6, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, and at the door half an hour before the concert begins.

The Afiara Quartet performs at some of the world’s foremost concert halls, including venues such as Zankel and Weill Halls at Carnegie Hall; Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center; the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Modern Art in Sao Paolo; London’s Wigmore Hall; Austria’s Esterhazy Palace; Munich’s Prinz Regenten Theatre; Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw; and the Royal Library in Copenhagen.

The Afiara has also collaborated with many of today’s leading musicians, including the Juilliard, the Alexander and Cecilia String Quartets; flautist Robert Aiken; violists Atar Arad, Barry Shiffman and Michael Tree; cellists Denis Brott and Shauna Rolston; clarinetist James Campbell; pianists Jane Coop, Marc-Andre Hamelin and in San Miguel for Pro Musica, Stephen Prutsman.

Prior to its current residency at the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Afiara Quartet was the graduate resident string quartet at the Juilliard School from 2009 to 2011 and the Morrison Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence at San Francisco State University from 2007 to 2009. The quartet will serve as visiting faculty at the Banff Centre for two weeks immediately following their San Miguel engagement. The Afiara also pursues teaching work in a visiting residency at the University of Alberta and as faculty at Chamber Music of the Rockies, Indiana University Summer String Academy, Canada’s Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute, Denmark’s Orkester Efterskolen, and Brazil’s Escola de Musica Estado de Sao Paulo.

Formed in 2006 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Afiara’s name is rooted in the Spanish word for trust, which its members find vital to its music making.

The quality of the music and opera Pro Musica brings to San Miguel, our unique Rhythm, Rhyme & Reason program, teaching music in underprivileged schools in the campo, and our work in the city’s orphanages, cost increasing amounts of money to provide. The best way to help us fund our activities is to become a Patron Member. Patron membership costs as little US$100 per year, is US tax deductible, and includes many benefits, such as complimentary concert tickets and Meet the Artists suppers and cocktail parties. For information on all of Pro Musica’s concerts for the 2013-2014 season and Patron Membership, please visit our website: or e-mail



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