Chiara String Quartet Performance Beyond Their Years

Date: Time: 7:30 pm
Kimball Recital Hall
Additional Info: KRH
Contact: Brian Reetz, 402-472-6865, breetz2@unl.edu
On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:30pm, the Chiara String Quartet will perform the final concert of the 2016-2017 Hixson-Lied Concert Series at Kimball Recital Hall (11th and R Streets). The program, titled “Beyond Their Years,” will be a celebration of mature younger voices featuring Mendelssohn’s gratifying String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13, written when the composer was only 18 years old, as well as Schubert’s Cello Quintet with cellist Jennifer Son, the Glenn Korff School of Music student winner of the 2017 Play with the Chiaras Competition.

The Play with the Chiaras Competition finals were held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 between winner Jennifer Son (cello); runner up Hannah Bell (clarinet); and honorable mention Jordan Ellis (viola). The finals were judged by Judges: Christopher Marks, UNL Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Organ; William McMullen, UNL Professor of Oboe; Rebecca Fischer, violin, The Chiara Quartet; Hyeyung Yoon, violin, The Chiara Quartet; and Jonah Sirota, viola, The Chiara Quartet.

Canadian-American cellist Jennifer Son has performed in venues in various Canadian provinces, the U.S.A., Korea, and India. She enjoys teaching and has visions to travel to parts of the world where Western classical music education is limited and share her passions there. She has recently been invited as resident artist to music festivals such as Con Brio in Bombay, India where she was given the opportunity to collaborate and teach with artists from around the world. As a Young Artist in Residence at the 2016 Steamboat Springs Music Festival, Son performed with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra. Son has participated in quartet seminars with the St. Lawrence String Quartet at Stanford University, the Aldot Parisot Cello Festival, the Banff Center Cello Festival, the Cello Symposium in Sitka, Alaska, and many more. She also represented British Columbia with her chamber ensemble and won various awards and prizes at the Canadian Nationals Music Competition. Son has served as faculty and music instructor at the Cleveland School of the Arts, Cuyahoga Community College, as well as Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Son is an alumna of the prestigious Vancouver Academy of Music where she began her cello studies with Audrey Nodwell at the age of six. Son received her Bachelors of Music at the Chicago College of Performing Arts with their top scholarship award and completed both her Masters of Music degrees in cello performance and Suzuki Pedagogy at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Son is currently a section member of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, and is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the tutelage of Professor Gregory Beaver. She is Hixson-Lied Fellow as well as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the chamber music program. Her primary teachers include Dr. Tanya L. Carey and Dr. Melissa Kraut.

About the Chiara Quartet: The Chiara Quartet has been playing string quartets and asking probing questions since 2000. Always interested in engaging with the music at its core as well as reaching audiences, the quartet has dedicated itself to finding ways to make the musical experience meaningful for all involved. In this pursuit, the quartet has performed in venues from major concert halls to clubs, created interactive programs for all ages, and most recently taken to performing and recording from memory, or “by heart.” Described by an audience member as “a 3-D experience for the listener,” playing by heart is deeply rewarding for the Chiara as well; memorizing the score helps them to closely relate to the composer’s compositional process. The Chiara’s latest recording is Barto?k by Heart, a 2-CD set featuring Barto?k’s six string quartets, played entirely from memory, released in August 2016 on Azica. Chiara’s interpretation of Barto?k has been reviewed as “a harrowing, landmark achievement” (New York Music Daily) and “with high energy and the freedom to experiment with expression” (All Music). The Arts Fuse describes the quartet’s latest album as “gritty [and] compelling takes on this seminal group of quartets.” The Chiara recently performed complete cycles of the Barto?k String Quartets by memory at the Ravinia Festival, National Sawdust in Brooklyn, and at NET Nebraska.

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