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Miro Quartet Opens FASO's 10th Season

Posted by Mary McFarland on

"Dynamic," "energetic," "phenomenal," "intense". These were some of the superlatives used to describe the Miro Quartet who kicked off the 10th anniversary season for Friends of Aeolian Skinner Opus 1024 -- FASO -- on Sunday, September 13th, in the nave of St. Andrew’s. The Miro is the Faculty String Quartet in Residence at the University of Texas at Austin.  Considered one of the top string quartets in the United States, the group presented works by Shubert and Beethoven. 

The next day, the quartet provided a workshop for 150 second and third graders from Bivins and Ridgecrest schools in Amarillo.  Each musician briefly explained where he was from and how he became a professional string player, and together the group demonstrated how string instruments work. They delighted the young students by jumping up and down from their chairs to demonstrate the complex melodic patterns in a Beethoven piece.  With the help of Panhandle PBS and the Window on a Wider World program, the workshop was streamed live across the Panhandle to several schools.  PPBS and WOWW have been working with FASO since 2013 to enable such superb musicians to teach and inspire children throughout the area.  This program has been funded by private donations, the Bivins Foundation, the Amarillo Area Foundation, and Texas Commission on the Arts.

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