The Chiara String Quartet, whom we have selected for our 4-day residency in January 2014, is among America’s most respected ensembles, lauded for its "highly virtuosic, edge-of-the-seat playing" (The Boston Globe). In 2012-2013 the Chiara celebrates thirteen seasons of playing together. The Quartet is widely sought out for its innovative work in engagement with urban and rural communities throughout the US. In Ann Arbor, Michigan they performed in unusual venues including a vacant storefront and a Toyota factory and the Chiara recently presented a four concert series at Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach, a unique organization serving the working poor and homeless in Lincoln, Nebraska. The public concert takes place Thursday, Janauary 30, with residency activites scheduled throughout the visit.