The Chiara Quartet presents Creator/Curator, vol. 1, featuring the New York premiere of Gabriela Lena Frank’s new work Milagros, October 17 at (le) Poisson Rouge.

This concert is the first of the innovative Chiara Quartet’s year-long Creator/Curator series.  Sunday, October 17 · 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker Street

New York, NY

The evening’s program:

Alberto Ginastera: String Quartet No. 1

Gabriela Lena Frank: Milagros (NY premiere)

Chou Wen-Chung: Clouds

This concert is the first of the innovative Chiara Quartet’s year-long Creator/Curator series. For this series, the Chiara has commissioned four stellar young composers to write a new work and to curate the concert on which the new work is to be performed, choosing music that illustrates their influences, inspiration, and heritage. The inaugural Creator/Curator is Gabriela Lena Frank. The program she has chosen to accompany her new string quartet Milagros (Miracles) includes Chou Wen-Chung’s Clouds and Alberto Ginastera’s String Quartet No. 1.

Identity has always been at the center of Ms. Frank’s music. Born in Berkeley, California, to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Frank explores her multicultural heritage most ardently through her compositions. Milagros is inspired by the sounds and personalities of Andean lands, and is a celebration of the 10 years of mutual growth that Ms. Frank and the Chiara Quartet have enjoyed together.

Described by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as “vastly talented, vastly resourceful, and vastly committed to the music of their time,” the Chiara (which is celebrating its 10th anniversary season this year) has commissioned and premiered new music for string quartet since its inception. This is the third piece that the ensemble has commissioned from Gabriela Lena Frank. The first, Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout, was premiered in 2001 and released on the Chiara’s New Voice Singles label in 2007. The second, Ghosts in the Dream Machine, was written for the Chiara and pianist Simone Dinnerstein in 2005.

Tickets are $15, available here: http://lepoissonrouge.com/events/view/1517

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