|Chiara String Quartet perform with poet Anthony Hawley|
The Chiara String Quartet will perform an evening of chamber music Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Faith Evangelical Free Church, 2315 Library Circle, starting at 7:30 p.m.
The program will include Johannes Brahms’ String Quartet No. 3 in B flat Major, Op. 67, and a work by contemporary Chinese composer Zhou Long, "Song of the Ch’in," based on the sound of traditional folk instruments. In addition, the quartet will play a new work by Pierre Jalbert to accompany the reading of a poem series written by Anthony Hawley.
Icefield Sonnet was inspired by Hawley’s northern travels, including his visits to his fiance when she was living in Grand Forks during the Chiara Quartet’s residency with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony and UND. The poem, and the music, recall the harsh cold of the northern winter, as well as the stark beauty of the plains. Now married to Chiara violinist Rebecca Fischer, Hawley will be joining the musicians Thursday night to read his poem during the performance.
Lauded for "flawless ensemble" and "intense, riveting" performances, the Chiara String Quartet (Rebecca Fischer and Julie Yoon, violins; Jonah Sirota, viola; and Gregory Beaver, cello) was awarded First Prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, top prizes at the Premio Paolo Borciani International Competition in Italy and at the Astral Artistic Services Audition, placing the group on the Astral roster of outstanding young artists launching major professional careers. The Chiara was selected as the Juilliard School's Lisa Arnhold resident quartet from 2003-2005. Currently, the quartet serve as artists-in-residence at the School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The quartet began their career with a residency at UND between 2000 and 2002, and have returned regularly since then to re-connect with students, perform concerts, and serve as faculty with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony’s Red River Chamber Music Festival each August.
Tickets for the concert are $10 and may be reserved by calling the Symphony Office at 777-3359. Children 12 and under are free, but need tickets. Tickets will also be on sale at the door beginning one hour before the performance.
-- Jennifer Tarlin, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Symphony, email@example.com, 777-3359