The Australian String Quartet’s (ASQ) 2018 season presents a menu of works that traverse the vast spectrum of human emotions.
Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music, the ASQ, comprising Dale Barltrop – first violin; Francesca Hiew – second violin; Stephen King – viola; and Sharon Grigoryan – cello, is set to present three compelling touring programs across six cities, in 2018.
“Our season provides a journey of contrasts that will ignite the senses and provide food for thought.” said Dale Barltrop, first violin.
The season begins in February with Brett Dean’s brilliant first string quartet, Eclipse. Dean’s art is driven by serious concerns and this work responds to the events of the refugee crisis, through music of haunting eeriness and explosive anger reaching tentatively towards the hope for peace. Paired with Mishima – an evocative work by iconic American minimalist, Philip Glass – the intensity of these opening works finds a perfect counterpoise in Mendelssohn’s radiant String Quartet in D major.
In June and July, Jörg Widmann’s wildly theatrical Hunt Quartet offers a flight of fantasy amidst two towering works by Beethoven in the ASQ’s second program. The spirit of Beethoven fuels this recital’s contrasts of drama and consolation, juxtaposing the first and last of the composer’s masterful quartets.
In its final program for 2018, the ASQ presents the world premiere performances of String Quartet no 2 Transmissions, by Australian composer, James Ledger. Written for string quartet and electronic effects, this new work, together with string quartets by Schubert and Shostakovich, promise a thrilling conclusion to the ASQ’s season in October and November 2018.
Francesca Hiew, second violin says, “Major works of the master composers, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Schubert and Shostakovich headline each of our concert programs for 2018. Interspersed among these milestones are a selection of audacious contributions from leading figures of the contemporary musical world.”
Among other ASQ artistic highlights, 2018 sees the continuation of the Quartet’s successful flagship festivals in the Southern Grampians, Victoria and Western Australia’s Margaret River; international tours to China and Europe; regional and metropolitan residencies; and Australian recording initiatives. Artistic collaborations with some of the country’s finest artists, festivals and innovators will also play a large part of the ASQ’s 2018 program, including partnerships with UKARIA, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; the Port Fairy Spring Festival and Jumpgate VR.
Subscriptions for the National Season 2018 are now open. For further information about the ASQ’s National Season 2018 and its generous supporting partners visit the website at asq.com.au or phone 1800 040 444 for details.
Emma CollisonM: 0418 584 795
Australian String Quartet, Chief Executive, Australian String Quartet
With a rich history spanning over 30 years, the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) has a strong national profile as an Australian chamber music group of excellence, performing at the highest international level. From its home base at the University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music, the ASQ delivers a vibrant annual artistic program encompassing performances, workshops, commissions and education projects across Australia and abroad.
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