String Quartet Plus Four

Festival of the Arts Boca is nearly two months away, but organizers are celebrating early this weekend with a prefestival concert from the Israeli Chamber Project, an eclectic corps of classical musicians with a Middle Eastern base and a global reach. The group takes the classic string quartet arrangement and usually amplifies it with piano, clarinet, and harp, providing the opportunity for an unusually expansive repertoire for up to eight musicians. The Israeli Chamber Project’s mission is educational as well as musical: It plays in kibbutzim, deserts, and tiny Arab cities in addition to the world’s most sparkling concert halls, and its members provide trivia-laden introductions and Q&As during their appearances. Expect a customarily worldly program for its appearance in Boca Raton, including masterpieces by such rarely performed composers as Armenia’s Aram Khachaturian, Israel’s Paul Ben-Haim, and France’s Camille Saint-Saens, AKA the “French Beethoven;” Schumann’s playful, fiery “Fantasy Pieces for Clarinet and Piano”; and Bartok’s challenging master class “Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano.” The group performs at 3 p.m. Sunday at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, located at 201 Plaza Real in Boca Raton. Tickets cost $30 to $45. Call 866-571-2787, or visit
Sun., Jan. 18, 2015