Due to an injury sustained by violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja at the end of last year, when the originally scheduled quartet-lab planned to prepare its concert program, the quartet has had to cancel its upcoming April tour.  Though we are disappointed about the cancellation, we are delighted to have engaged in their place the remarkable Chiara String Quartet, whose highly successful family and chamber music performances in 2009 were a hit with our audiences!  The concert date, time and location remain unchanged. If you already purchased tickets to the April 17 performance, they are still valid. 

Lauded for its “highly virtuosic, edge-of-the-seat playing” (The Boston Globe), the Chiara String Quartet is renowned for bringing fresh excitement to traditional repertoire as well as for creating insightful interpretations of new music. Their Music in the Park Series program will feature “Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout”, composed especially for the Quartet by Gabriela Lena Frank, along with Bela Bartok’s String Quartet No. 4 and String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2,  by Johannes Brahms.


About Chiara String Quartet 

Rebecca Fischer, violin
Hyeyung Julie Yoon, violin
Jonah Sirota, viola
Gregory Beaver, cello
Renowned for bringing fresh excitement to traditional string quartet repertoire as well as for creating insightful interpretations of new music, the Chiara String Quartet captivates its audiences throughout the country. Lauded for its “highly virtuosic, edge-of-the-seat playing” (The Boston Globe), the quartet is currently Hixson-Lied Artist-in-Residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the quartet-in-residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Performing together since 2000, the Chiara is moving forward by taking a cue from the past. Harkening back to a tradition that is centuries old and still common among soloists, the Chiara Quartet has adopted a new way of performing: from memory. The Chiara is currently recording Bartók by Heart, a 2-CD set featuring Bartók’s string quartets, played entirely from memory, slated for release in 2016 on Azica. The quartet’s latest album, Brahms by Heart, was released in March 2014 to critical acclaim.

The Chiara Quartet regularly performs in major concert halls across the country and has toured China, Korea, and Sweden. Recent collaborators include The Juilliard String Quartet, Joel Krosnick, Roger Tapping, Simone Dinnerstein, Norman Fischer, and Paul Katz. The Chiara has been committed to the creation of new music for string quartet since its inception, and has commissioned composers such as Gabriela Lena Frank, Jefferson Friedman, Nico Muhly, Robert Sirota.

The Chiara trained and taught at The Juilliard School, mentoring for two years with the Juilliard Quartet, as recipients of the Lisa Arnhold Quartet Residency. Chiara (key-ARE-uh) is an Italian word, meaning “clear, pure, or light.”

For more information, visit www.chiaraquartet.com.


Program Notes

Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout for string quartet draws inspiration from the idea of mestizaje as envisioned by the Peruvian writer José María Arguedas, where cultures can coexist without the subjugation of one by the other. As such, this piece mixes elements from the western classical and Andean folk music traditions.

“Toyos” depicts one of the most recognizable instruments of the Andes, the panpipe. One of the largest kinds is the breathy toyo which requires great stamina and lung power, and is often played in parallel fourths or fifths.

“Tarqueada” is a forceful and fast number featuring the tarka, a heavy wooden duct flute that is blown harshly in order to split the tone. Tarka ensembles typically also play in fourths and fifths.

“Himno de Zampoñas” features a particular type of panpipe ensemble that divides up melodies through a technique known as hocketing. The characteristic sound of the zampoña panpipe is that of a fundamental tone blown flatly so that overtones ring out on top, hence the unusual scoring of double stops in this movement.

“Chasqui” depicts a legendary figure from the Inca period, the chasqui runner, who sprinted great distances to deliver messages between towns separated from one another by the Andean peaks. The chasqui needed to travel light. Hence, I take artistic license to imagine his choice of instruments to be the charango, a high-pitched cousin of the guitar, and the lightweight bamboo quena flute, both of which are featured in this movement.

“Canto de Velorio” portrays another well-known Andean personality, a professional crying woman known as the llorona. Hired to render funeral rituals even sadder, the llorona is accompanied here by a second llorona and an additional chorus of mourning women (coro de mujeres). The chant Dies Irae is quoted as a reflection of the comfortable mix of Quechua Indian religious rites with those from Catholicism.

“Coqueteos” is a flirtatious love song sung by gallant men known as romanceros. As such, it is direct in its harmonic expression, bold, and festive. The romanceros sing in harmony with one another against a backdrop of guitars which I think of as a vendaval de guitarras (“storm of guitars”).  — Gabriela Lena Frank


Date & Venue

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 4pm
Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ

Join us at 3pm in the church for a pre-concert talk with the artists.

Concert length is estimated to be 2 hours with one intermission.

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Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout (2001) – Gabriela Lena Frank (b. 1927) (see YouTube clip below)
String Quartet No. 4 in C Major (1928) – Béla Bartók (1881-1945)

String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2 (1872) – Johannes Brahms (1833-1887)