Chiara String Quartet
The Chiara String Quartet is moving forward by taking a cue from the past. Hearkening back to a tradition that is centuries old and still common amongst soloists, the Chiara Quartet has adopted a new way of performing: from memory, without printed sheet music, or "by heart." After spending countless hours working towards playing their repertoire by memory, they now feel that sheet music is a distraction to the performance, instead of an aid. Of the process, the Chiara's cellist Gregory Beaver says, "Each player must find a way to know the music inside and out—it has brought us much closer together in our music-making." 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.
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