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Australian String Quartet – Ives Westlake Debussy

8 September 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEST

Single tickets: Standard $81 | Concession $71 | $30 under 30

The music of Charles Ives is made of pictures from a long-lost America, depicted with such vivid immediacy that they seem absolutely alive. Through the magic lantern of his musical imagery, this New England world appears like a nostalgic dream – white-painted churches in autumn forests filled with congregations joyously chanting hymns and spirituals.

Not dissimilar to the inquisition that Ives undertakes, Claude Debussy’s quest to liberate sensuality led to a revolution in French musical identity. His string quartet replaces rigid thematic structures with a free flow of colours, motifs and gestures in the search for melodic rapture, realising his decadent dictum, ‘Pleasure is the Law.’

Nigel Westlake’s eagerly-awaited new work, an homage to the spirit of his late sister Kate, renders emotions related to life and loss in the special way that only music can truly accomplish.

Don’t miss this very special concert.


  • Charles IVES | String Quartet no 1 From the Salvation Army
  • Nigel WESTLAKE | String Quartet no 3* Sacred Sky (World Premiere)
  • Claude DEBUSSY | String Quartet op 10

Nigel Westlake talks about his new piece and working with the Australian String Quartet:

*Commissioned by the Australian String Quartet with generous support from Carl Wood, and Don and Veronica Aldridge.



8 September 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia
Parkes Place
Parkes, ACT 2600 Australia
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