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The Apocalypse String Quartet is the name taken on by four young Buffalo musicians: violinist Ana Vafai, cellist T.J. Borden, clarinetist Christopher Culp and pianist Antonella DiGiulio. They are banding together tonight, presumably in honor of the Mayan predictions of the end of the world, to perform Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet For The End of Time.”

Messiaen wrote his music during World War II out of a feeling that the world as he knew it was ending. He was in a French prisoner of war camp, and guards brought him music paper. Surprisingly, considering the circumstances, the music isn’t morose. Messiaen, a devout Catholic, was inspired by the Book of Revelations and imbued his quartet with bright notes suggesting birdsong and the triumph of faith.

The performance takes place at 7 tonight in St. Joseph University Church (3269 Main St.). Admission is by free-will donation, with a $10 donation suggested, or $12 for a family.

For information, call 833-0298.

– Mary Kunz Goldman