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The Acacia Quartet | The American – A Prelude in Tea concert

27 October 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm AEDT

Single Tickets (Afternoon tea included): Adult $49 | Concession/Under 30 $32 | Student $22 | Child $17

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K421 is the second of the quartets dedicated to Haydn and the only one of the set in a minor key. Though undated in the autograph, it is believed to have been completed in 1783, while Constanze Mozart was in labour. Constanze stated that the rising string figures in the second movement corresponded to her cries from the other room. Alice Chance is one of Australia’s fast-emerging young composers. A Sundried String Quartet is her latest composition, specially commissioned for Acacia Quartet and the first two movements were premièred at the 2019 Bowral Autumn Music Festival. Dvořák’s famous String Quartet No. 12, Op. 96, ‘American’. Dvorák wrote this wonderful piece during the summer of 1893, while being on vacation in Spillville, Iowa and it cleary shows African-American influences.

Program:

  • Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART | String Quartet no. 15, K421
  • Alice CHANCE | A Sundried Quartet
  • Antonín DVOŘÁK | String Quartet no. 12, Op. 96 ‘American’

About the performers:

“Acacia Quartet performed so well that at times they seem like only one instrument, such is their clarity and unison.”

In nine years Acacia Quartet have won great respect for their versatile and inventive programs. Acacia have recorded nine albums, with ‘Blue Silence’ earning a nomination for an APRA-AMCOS Art Music ‘Award for Excellence’. Acacia are passionate about supporting Australian composers, working with young musicians, and sharing their love of music with audiences of all ages. Their performances feature regularly on radio stations around the world. Acacia’s engagements in Australia include the Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall Sydney, Melbourne Recital Hall, as well as extensive touring through regional NSW and Victoria. Acacia had their international debut in Vancouver, Canada at the Roundhouse in June 2016. The following year, Acacia Quartet were invited by the Christine Raphael Foundation to give their European debut, where they performed concerts in Berlin and recorded a CD with three string quartets by Günter Raphael, to be released in 2019. Two CDs have just been released at the end of 2018, ‘Muse’ in collaboration with recorder player Alicia Crossley and ‘Imaginations’ with guitarist Matt Withers.

A Prelude in Tea is a Sunday afternoon concert series featuring a scrumptious afternoon tea served from 2:30 followed by a 3:30 concert from some of Australia’s best and most exciting small ensembles.

 

Venue

The Independent Theatre, North Sydney
269 Miller Street
North Sydney, NSW 2060 Australia
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