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When Columbus-based composer Richard Jordan Smoot took on physician Hooman Khabiri as a music student more than a decade ago, he could not have known that what he would learn would be at least as transformative as what he would teach. But it was. After years of friendship with the Iranian-born Khabiri and exploring Iranian and Persian culture under Khabiri's inspiration, Smoot's most recent chamber work, the Khabiri Quartet, will be receive its world premiere Friday, May 4 at 8 p.m. at Columbus' Harrison Park Community Center.