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Australian String Quartet | in Concert with Genevieve Lacey
4 May 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ACST$30 – $70
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.
Recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey joins the Quartet for concerts in Melbourne and Perth to perform a program that includes works by Australian composers Elena Kats-Chernin and a world-premiere by Lachlan Skipworth.
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.
Elena Kats-Chernin, Re-Inventions (excerpts)
Felix Mendelssohn, String Quartet no 1 in E flat major op 12
Lachlan Skipworth, Quintet for Bass Recorder and Strings (World Premiere)
Pavel Fischer, String Quartet no 3 Mad Piper