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CHIARA STRING QUARTET is featured on the third concert of the 2016-17 Boise Chamber Music Series. Renowned for bringing fresh excitement to traditional string quartet repertoire as well as for creating insightful interpretations of new music, the Chiara String Quartet (Rebecca Fischer and Hyeyung Julie Yoon, violins; Jonah Sirota, viola; Gregory Beaver, cello) captivates its audiences. The Chiara has established itself as among America’s most respected ensembles, lauded for its "highly virtuosic, edge-of-the-seat playing" (The Boston Globe). Performing together since 2000, the Chiara performs from memory, without printed sheet music. After memorizing a work, the Quartet is rewarded with deeply gratifying performances where each member feels fully present in the moment, truly performing with heart, by heart. The Chiara’s latest recording is Bartók by Heart, a 2-CD set featuring Bartók’s six string quartets, played entirely from memory, released in August 2016 on Azica.

The quartet’s previous album, Brahms by Heart, was released on Azica in March 2014.
In addition to the Chiara Quartet’s regular performances in major concert halls across the country, including Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the National Gallery in Washington DC, the ensemble was one of the first string quartets to perform in alternative venues for chamber music performance. Recent highlights of the Chiara Quartet's international performances include extensive tours of China, Korea, and Sweden.

The Chiara’s concert includes Mendelssohn’s Op. 44 no. 1 in D Major and Brahms’ Op. 51 no. 1 in C Minor. Also featured is the second-ever performance and Idaho premier of their newly-commissioned work by American composer Pierre Jalbert, his Canticle (String Quartet No. 6). Jalbert, whose primary composition teacher was George Crumb, describes the new work: “The piece opens with the quartet members striking various crotales, producing bell sounds that eventually blend with the string quartet – evoking the title, Canticle. The faster, pulse-oriented music requires the players to use glass rods on their instruments and at one point quickly moves back and forth between alternating rhythmic subdivisions, producing extremely rapid metric modulations. The last movement blends the string quartet with the bowing of the crotales to produce an ethereal, other-worldly finale to the canticle.”

For single tickets at $30 ($25 seniors and students) to the Friday, Mar. 10 concert, in the Velma V. Morrison Recital Hall, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The events of the Boise Chamber Music Series http://www.boisechambermusicseries.org/ are supported by the Boise Chamber Music Society and the Boise State University Dept. of Music, as well as Group Season Sponsor Hotel 43.

Jeanne Belfy, PhD; Professor of Music (Oboe and Music History)
Graduate Program Coordinator
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1560
208 426 1216

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