The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival presents a special concert for fall, with the award-winning Chiara String Quartet performing all three of the Brahms string quartets from memory.
While soloists often memorize works, it's rare among string quartets. "This concert is the musical equivalent of performing on a high wire without a net," explains Festival artistic director Linda Chesis, who will perform Arthur Foote's Night Piece and Scherzo with the quartet.
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."
Renowned for bringing fresh excitement to traditional string quartet repertoire, the Chiara String Quartet (Rebecca Fischer and Hyeyung Julie Yoon, violins; Jonah Sirota, viola; Gregory Beaver, cello) has established itself as one of America's most respected ensembles.
This is the Chiara's third appearance at the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, having performed here in 2004 and 2007.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students. Purchase online, www.cooperstownmusicfest.org; by phone through Brown Paper Tickets, 800-838-3006, or at the door.