Thalea String Quartet aims to make classical music more accessible

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Thalea String Quartet will perform Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. Valley News/Thalea String Quartet photo
Thalea String Quartet, performing Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, wants to connect with audiences and thus make the classical music they love to perform more accessible. “We feel like there are a lot of barriers keeping folks away from chamber music, and classical music in general,” violinist Christopher Whitley said. “We speak to audience members all the time who say they don’t ‘know anything’ about classical music, or that they aren’t able to interact with the music in an intelligent way. This idea that you need a Ph.D. to understand chamber music is totally untrue, and it’s a real problem for our field, so it’s important to create a situation where the audience feels that they can really connect with the music that’s being performed.
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