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Acclaimed Chiara string quartet to perform Friday night in Concert Hall

<aring sounds of the internationally-acclaimed Chiara String Quartet will be heard on Friday, April 24 beginning at 8 p.m. in the Carleton Concert Hall. Performing the works of composer Jefferson Friedman, this not-to-be-missed performance is free and open to the public.

Known for “playing chamber music in any chamber,” the Chiara String Quartet takes classical music from the concert hall and into clubs, bars, and galleries—expanding the places to hear live classical music while returning chamber music to its roots in intimate spaces. Described by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as “vastly talented, vastly resourceful, and vastly committed to the music of their time,” their style is best described as a nonstop journey to the edge of expressive possibility: “luminous,” “searing,” (New York Times) “soulful,” “biting,” and possessing a “potent collective force” (Strings Magazine).

The Quartet has been honored with the Guarneri Quartet Residency Award for artistic excellence by Chamber Music America, top prize at the Paolo Borciani International Competition, the Astral Artistic Services National Audition, and First Prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

Chiara (key-ARE-uh) is an Italian word, meaning “clear, pure, or light.” More information about the Chiara Quartet can be found online at and on MySpace at

The Quartet’s appearance in Northfield is sponsored by The Christopher U. Light Lectureship series at Carleton College, created by Christopher Upton Light, Carleton class of 1958. Each year, the series brings prominent professional artists—composers, musicians, writers, painters, and sculptors—to Carleton to perform and meet with faculty and students.

The Carleton College Concert Hall is located on First Street between Nevada and Winona Street in Northfield. For more information and disability accommodations, please call the Department of Music at (507) 222-4347.

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