The Afiara Quartet appearance last fall in the first concert of the Music in the Afternoon 118th season, turns out to have been one of its last. An article in Musical Toronto says the quartet members are going separate ways this summer. In a review of that concert for the WMCT, Robin Elliott wrote “The Afiara String Quartet is celebrated for its performances of the Beethoven quartets, and so it is no surprise that on this occasion the players turned in a nuanced and beautifully realized interpretation….providing the richest musical experience right at the beginning”
The Afiari String Quartet and Caroline Léonardelli concert recorded in Walter Hall on Thursday Oct. 15 will be broadcast on CBC Radio 2 (94.1 FM) *In Concert* this Sunday, Nov. 29 at approximately 12:45 pm.
Enjoy it again.
“Exploring the Wonders of the Harp”
“The Afiara String Quartet is celebrated for its performances of the Beethoven quartets, and so it is no surprise that on this occasion the players turned in a nuanced and beautifully realized interpretation.”
“…Léonardelli’s performance of both works was outstanding; she has made a fine recording of El Dorado in the chamber version and certainly makes a strong case for its merits.”
October 15, 2015.
The Afiara, “a quartet for the 21st century”
If you were in the audience for their participation in the Music in the Afternoon opening concert of the 118th season, you may have noticed a few missing page turns. If you were sitting close enough, you may have noticed the iPads on their music stands and the click pedals at their feet, as they read their parts from pdfs rather than paper for some of the pieces they performed – a première of a different sort for the WMCT.
Erica Goodman Tuning Your Mind Speaker Oct. 15
World acclaimed solo harpist Erica Goodman is the Tuning Your Mind speaker at the first concert of the 118th season. Her talk will precede the Oct. 15 Music in the Afternoon concert with harpist Caroline Léonardelli and the Afiara String Quartet.
A native of Toronto, Erica Goodman received her training at the Royal Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philidelphia.