Cue the Music: our 2020 National Program

Published On: Wed 04 September

Music enlightens
New ways of seeing the world
Through the soul’s window
Awaiting discovery
Between the silence

We are so thrilled to share with you our 2020 National Program. From celebrating the classics to embarking on brand-new commissions, we have filled the year with a bounty of exquisite music experiences. Here are some highlights we’re proud to share with you…

Three stellar National Tours

Featuring new Australian works by Anne Cawrse and Ross Edwards, plus a tour with special guest pianist, Konstantin Shamray.

Tour 1: Dvořák with Konstantin Shamray
ANNE CAWRSE A Room of Her Own (World Premiere) *
BARTÓK String Quartet no 4
DVOŘÁK Piano Quintet in A major op 81 featuring guest artist Konstantin Shamray

Tour 2: Intimate Letters
MOZART String Quartet in C major K 465 Dissonance
ROSS EDWARDS String Quartet no 4 (World Premiere)*
JANÁČEK String Quartet no 2 Intimate Letters

Tour 3: Late Beethoven
DUTILLEUX Ainsi la Nuit 
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in C sharp minor op 131

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Bonachela / Forsythe – Sydney Dance Company
Sydney & Melbourne


Presented by Sydney Dance Company featuring the Australian String Quartet

We team up with Sydney Dance Company to commission new music by The National’s Bryce Dessner which will be played live on-stage to Rafael Bonachela’s new work Impermanence.

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Project Ludwig
An East Coast tour


Project Beethoven

A collaboration with experience design company Sandpit

This is an interactive journey through Beethoven’s opus 18 string quartets where you decide the program!

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Special ASQ events in Perth

ASQ at Perth Festival / ASQ with West Australian Symphony Orchestra

For Perth Festival we contrast Beethoven’s early quartets with the Songlines of Australia, and join the West Australian Symphony Orchestra to perform John Adams’ Absolute Jest.

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ASQ Festivals
Regional Australia

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Dunkeld (Victoria), Margaret River (Western Australia) & Dungog (New South Wales)

Our intimate musical escapes return in 2020. We are thrilled to bring along guest artists Andre Lam (piano) and David Greco (baritone) to Dunkeld, and Genevieve Lacey (recorder) and Fiona Campbell (mezzo-soprano) to Margaret River. We also can’t wait to visit Dungog – the gateway to the Barrington Tops National Park, for the very first time.

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ASQ Close Quarters


Not your average classical music concert.

Our award-winning Close Quarters gigs are a playground for the curious. These events last around 60 minutes and comprise shorter works and movements of transcedent string quartet music. From collaborations with chefs to skate-boarders, we experiment with new partnerships and pop-up in intimate, unexpected spaces – all for around the price of a night at the movies.

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The best way to twenty-twenty is to fill it with music!

Maximise bang for your buck by subscribing to ASQ+. Not only will you enjoy priority seating, 15% off our National Tours and two free tickets for your friends, but you’ll get more discounts to concerts throughout the year, invitations to exclusive functions and much more.

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