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Florescence

6 November 2023

In the Utzon Room

EVENT RESCHEDULED
Old date: Thursday 27th July 2023 7pm
New date: Monday 6th November 2023 7pm

The flourishing bloom of the string quartet across the ages featuring music by Dvořák, Haydn, Purcell and Justin Williams.

A joyful celebration of the string quartet spanning continents and contexts.

A dramatic proclamation sets the scene as Australian composer Justin Williams’ Movement for String Quartet begins this concert with an exploration of distinct and juxtaposing musical material. From twenty-first century Australia we travel to eighteenth century Austria, where Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet No.1 in B minor thrills with an impulsiveness that makes for a virtuosic and exuberant experience.

Henry Purcell’s Fantasia No.6 showcases this Baroque composer’s mastery of suspension and release in a meditative ‘fancy’ before we are whisked into the program’s celebratory finale. Antonin Dvořák’s melodically rich and festive String Quartet No.14—the composer’s final instrumental chamber work—brims with inventive interplay and influences from the composer’s experiences abroad and connection to his Bohemian homeland’s folk traditions.

Dale Barltrop—Violin
Francesca Hiew—Violin
Christopher Cartlidge—Viola
Michael Dahlenburg—Cello

Presented by Australian String Quartet

A small group of men and women playing violin in a room.

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