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Thursday To-Do: Afiara String Quartet

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AFIARA STRING QUARTET
7:30 p.m., St. Mark's Episcopal Church. $10-$25.

The Little Rock Chamber Society opens its 2010-2011 season with a decorated, young Canadian quartet. Formed in 2006, Afiara (a derivation of the Spanish fiar, which means "to trust," signifying "a basic element vital to the depth and joy of its music-making," according to the quartet's bio) has put together an impressive resume in short order. In 2008, it won the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in New York. A year later, it became the Juilliard School's Graduate Resident String Quartet. And earlier this year, Afiara was the first ensemble to receive the Young Canadian Musicians Award. The quartet's Little Rock program includes Aleksandra Vrebalov's Pannonia Boundless, Mendelssohn's String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44, No. 2, and Beethoven's String Quartet in F Major.

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