Afiara String Quartet: Playing with Passion
By Mittie Roger
An ensemble for the 21st century, the Afiara is a string quartet defined by its pursuit of beauty, meaning, and growth as musicians and ambassadors for its genre. Lucky for us, they will be returning to San Miguel to grace the stage at St. Paul’s church on calle Cardo for two concerts Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7, both at 5pm. People are still talking about last season’s sold out performances, calling them some of the best concerts they’ve ever heard, making these upcoming performances an absolute must-see.
Pro Musica Concert Series
Afiara String Quartet
Sat and Sun, Dec 6 and 7, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church
The dynamic and award-winning Afiara Quartet has been described as “a revelation” (La Presse) with performances that find equilibrium between “intensity and commitment” and “frequent moments of tenderness” (Montreal Gazette). Their relentless passion to create and diffuse music is documented in more than 25 new commissions, educational outreach initiatives for school children, and projects with jazz virtuoso Uri Caine, Latin Grammy Award-winning producer Javier Limon, and ground-breaking scratch DJ, Kid Koala. In their concerts for Pro Musica they will be playing moving and intricate string quartets by Haydn, Schumann, Dvorak, Mozart, and Beethoven with exuberant energy and life. Known for the vitality with which they play, the San Francisco Classical Review described them as giving “performances of startling intensity,” playing classical compositions with an unexpected vigour and enthusiasm.
First violinist Valeria Li has been with Afiara since its inception, receiving her Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Conservatory where she won the Marbury Prize and the Hulsteyn Award, and her Master of Music from the New England Conservatory. Violinist Timothy Kantor, second violinist of the Afiara Quartet, is the former concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic in Evansville, Indiana and was recently featured as the Young Artist in Residence at American Public Media’s “Performance Today.” Eric Wong, who plays viola with the quartet, earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cleveland Institute of Music, going on to earn an artist diploma from the Yale School of Music. Adrian Fung, Afiara’s cellist, is also a founding member of the quartet, and beyond his dynamic work with the group he has been touted for his “superb” and “brilliant” solo performances by New York Concert Review, described as a “consummate interpreter” by Ontario Arts Review.
This phenomenal quartet is sure to excite and inspire. Don’t miss their world-renowned performance!
Tickets for the concerts at St.Paul’s are 120/250/350 pesos donation each, and are on sale at La Tienda in the Biblioteca; La Conexión; only at Aldama 3 and Libramiento a Dolores 105, and at the concert half an hour before performance time. Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and Patron Membership are on our web site, www.promusicasma.com, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org