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The Chiara Quartet is honored and excited to present Bartók by Heart.  We are recording Béla Bartók’s six string quartet by heart, without music stands in front of us.  We have been playing Bartók since our first season together, 15 years ago, and every time we have added another Bartók quartet to our repertoire, it has been some of the most rewarding time we have spent working and performing together.  We have performed Bartók in Europe and North America, played the complete cycle by heart all over the United States, and passed on our love of his music to our students through coaching the quartets.  We believe in Bartók’s approach to composition—his unique musical language, inspired by the folk music of the people of Europe and North Africa, inspires us as well—and we are continually energized by the quartets.  Recording the complete Bartók quartets is a natural next step for our group.

We have already raised over $15,000 in grant support towards this project, but in order to see it through we need your help to raise the $15,000 for the March 2015 and January 2016 recording sessions and pay for costs associated with the design and release of the Bartók by Heart album. We literally can’t do this project without you! We invite you to be a part of the Chiara Quartet community and help us bring Bartók’s iconic string quartets to an ever-widening circle of listeners.

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During their 14th season performing together, the Chiara Quartet is moving forward by taking a cue from the past.  Harkening back to a tradition that is centuries old and still common amongst soloists, the Chiara Quartet has adapted to a new way of performing: sans printed sheet music.  For almost all of the Quartet’s upcoming concerts, they’ll be performing by heart.  After spending countless hours working towards playing their repertoire from memory, they now feel that the sheet music is a distraction to the performance, instead of an aid.

Of the process, the Chiara’s cellist Gregory Beaver says: "The act of performing from memory has been challenging for us. Each member must find a way to know the music inside and out. But the payback for each of us is equally rewarding, bringing us that much closer together in our music-making."