On Monday, October 14 at 7:30pm the Chiara String Quartet will be performing the first concert of their Hixson-Lied Concert Series at Kimball Recital Hall (11th and R Streets). The program will include Bela Bartok’s String Quartets No. 1, 3, and 5. The second concert of the series on Thursday, November 14 will feature Bartok’s String Quartets No. 2, 4, and 6. In Spring 2014, the series will continue on Tuesday, February 4, and Thursday, March 20. The members of the Chiara String Quartet are the Hixson-Lied Artists-in-Residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music. Béla Bartók’s six string quartets are iconic works, straddling the divide between Romanticism and Modernism. The works, put together, represent one of the great achievements in 20th Century music, and their performance as a complete cycle is a milestone for any top string quartet. Chiara Quartet cellist Gregory Beaver, in describing the experience of listening to these pieces, notes that “the music will bring you into another universe, but you will inexplicable find yourself feeling at home in musical landscapes you had never imagined before.” Bartók’s study of folk music, especially the music of Romania, Hungary, and North Africa, influences his music in dramatic and startling ways--the quartets range from sorrowful laments to rustic round dances to the eerie rustling of critters in the night. The Chiara Quartet will play all six of these major works over the course of two concerts, starting on October 14.
Now in their 14th season performing together, the Chiara String Quartet (Rebecca Fischer and Hyeyung Julie Yoon, violins; Jonah Sirota, viola; Gregory Beaver, cello) is renowned for bringing fresh excitement to traditional string quartet repertoire as well as for creating insightful interpretations of new music and captivating audiences throughout the country. 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). They are also Harvard University's Blodgett Artists-in-Residence. The Chiara's recent honors include the nomination of its recording of Jefferson Friedman’s String Quartet No. 3 for a Grammy Award in 2011 and the ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming for the 2010-2011 season. Past awards include a top prize at the Paolo Borciani International Competition, winning the Astral Artistic Services National Audition, and winning First Prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Awarded the Guarneri Quartet Residency Award for artistic excellence by Chamber Music America, the Chiara Quartet has also been the recipient of grants from Meet The Composer, The Aaron Copland Foundation, and the Amphion Foundation. Ticket rates for the performance include: Subscription: $60 ($30 seniors; $15 students), Single Tickets: $20 ($10 seniors; $5 students), available at the Lied Center for Performing Arts ticket office, at the door, or at 402.472.4747. More information: www.unl.edu/finearts