World renowned clarinetist and quartet will perform in Westshore area on March 5

Clarinetist Allan Ware and the Ciompi Quartet in a lighter moment.  

Rocky River Chamber Music Society is delighted to present a concert showcasing a long and brilliant musical collaboration on Monday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church’s beautifully refurbished sanctuary, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River.

World renowned clarinetist Allan Ware and the Ciompi String Quartet have been performing together regularly since 1998, building a repertoire that ranges from well-known masterpieces to contemporary composers. Their concert in Rocky River will feature a traditional program of two quintets for clarinet and strings by Weber and Brahms, and a quartet for strings by Mozart. 

The Ciompi Quartet was founded at Duke University in 1965 by famed Italian violinist Giorgio Ciompi. All of its members are professors at Duke and play a leading role in its cultural life. Current members are Eric Pritchard, violin; Hsiao-mei Ku, violin; Jonathan, Bagg, viola; and Fred Raimi, cello. The Ciompi Quartet has performed throughout North Carolina, the United States, and abroad from China to France, Italy, Germany, Prague, Serbia and Albania.

Critics have praised the Quartet's musical intelligence and sophistication, and their warm, unified sound that is enhanced by each player's strong individual voice. In sum, the Quartet’s maturity and insight enables the musicians to project the heart and soul of the music.     

There is no admission charge. All are welcome. For further information visit, or follow RRCMS on Facebook and Twitter.

Carol Jacobs

Carol Jacobs is a retired archivist, librarian, and curator who resides in Westlake and serves on the board of the Rocky River Chamber Music Society.  

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