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Australian String Quartet | Bartók, Mendelssohn, Fischer
24 May 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ACST
Australian String Quartet to perform live across Australia for the first time in over 12 months
February 2020 was the last time the Australian String Quartet toured the country. As an organisation built for full-time touring, the COVID pandemic forced the company to redefine how it goes about celebrating string quartet music. To great acclaim, the group achieved this through commissioning, recording and streaming projects.
With domestic travel becoming more possible, the ASQ is thrilled to announce that in May and June it will be once more travel around the country, this time with a guest artist and two monumental programs.
The ASQ’s program in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra includes masterworks by Felix Mendelssohn, Béla Bartók and Pavel Fischer.
These exciting 70 minute programs will also provide the chance for fans to farewell long-time ASQ Viola Stephen King, who steps into the new role of ASQ Director of Learning and Engagement, in the second half of this year. A touring musician for over 20 years, King joined the ASQ in 2012 after careers with ensembles including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Washington-based Coolidge String Quartet (USA) and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (USA).
“I’m really looking forward to performing these exciting programs with the Quartet around the country. It is the perfect balance of old and new music on my farewell.” ASQ Viola, Stephen King.
Audiences will also welcome the ASQ’s newest member, cellist Michael Dahlenburg, in his debut tour with the Quartet. Dahlenburg studied cello at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, before forming the award-winning Hamer Quartet, and becoming the principal cello of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. He joined the ASQ in November 2020. Learn more about new ASQ cellist Michael Dahlenburg, in this video.
Audiences will also welcome the ASQ’s newest member, cellist Michael Dahlenburg, in his debut tour with the Quartet. Learn more about new ASQ cellist Michael Dahlenburg, in this video.
Béla Bartók, String Quartet no 3
Felix Mendelssohn, String Quartet no 1 in E flat major op 12
Pavel Fischer, String Quartet no 3 Mad Piper
Adelaide – Monday 24 May, Adelaide Town Hall
Brisbane – Friday 18 June, State Library of Queensland (Edge Auditorium)
Canberra – Thursday 3 June, National Gallery of Australia (James O Fairfax Theatre)
Sydney – Monday 7 June, Sydney Opera House (Utzon Room)