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The Chiara Quartet takes listeners on a musical Latin American walkabout in July on The Spanish Hour (7/25 @ 10p)

Chiara Quartet pose in the woods, wearing black and holding their stringed instruments.
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
The Chiara String Quartet is, from left, Rebecca Fisher, Jonah Sirota, Hyeyung Julie Yoon and Gregory Beaver.

Although no longer in residency, the Chiara String Quartet has, since 2000, had a great impact on culture and education in Nebraska.

7/4 Guitar Classics of Spain, Argentina, and Puerto Rico Andrés Segovia, Victor Villadangos, and Carlos Barbosa-Lima perform contemporary guitar classics from Argentina’s Quique Sinesi, Spain’s Joaquín Rodrigo, and Puerto Rico’s Ernesto Cordero.

7/11 Guitar Transcriptions of Piano and Orchestra Classics A program of well-known Spanish keyboard and orchestral treasures transcribed for guitar and heard anew. Guitarist Jorge Caballero and the Brazilian Guitar Quartet in transcriptions of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Iberian-inspired orchestral work Capriccio Espagnole,, Isaac Albéniz’s piano suite Chants d'Espagne, and more.

7/18 The Genius of Isaac Albéniz Isaac Albéniz is best known for his works for the piano, most notably, Iberia. But he also wrote songs, chamber works, and a number of zarzuelas and operas, and dreamed of creating a Spanish national opera. We'll hear selections from Pepita Jiménez, Iberia, and Cantos de España, as well as the rarely heard Piano Sonata No. 5.

7/25 Paseo Latinoamericano Guitarists Lily Afshar and Manuel Barrueco, flutist Marco Granados, the Chiara Quartet, and Quintet of the Americas take us on a Latin-American Walkabout, exploring traditional music and contemporary compositions inspired by the melodically and rhythmically rich music of Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Peru, and Venezuela.

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