The Australian String Quartet is set to team up with award-winning percussionist Claire Edwardes for the inaugural tour of its new line-up.
The much anticipated new line-up of the Australian String Quartet (ASQ), featuring violinists Dale Barltrop and Francesca Hiew, violist Stephen King and cellist Sharon Draper, makes its official public debut at the 2016 Adelaide Festival of Arts with Alleged Dances.
The first of three ASQ National Season tours in 2016, Alleged Dances premieres at the Adelaide Town Hall on Monday 29 February ahead of touring to Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Perth.
The program begins with Beethoven’s breakthrough op 18 no 6, the most forward-looking of his early quartets, and finishes with the luscious first quartet of Robert Schumann. Juxtaposed with these choice selections from the great masters of the string quartet repertoire will be two exciting contemporary works.
In an all-Australian collaboration, the Quartet welcomes dynamic percussionist Claire Edwardes to the stage for the World Premiere of Matthew Hindson’s String Quartet No.4 for string quartet and percussion. Hot-on-the-heels of Hindson’s acclaimed ‘Ngeringa’ string quartet, the ASQ is proud to commission this substantial new work as part of its on-going commitment to promote Australian music and it heralds the first of many future artistic collaborations for the new ASQ line-up.
Widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading composers, Hindson’s music is quickly garnering a global audience and has been performed by all of Australia’s leading orchestras and set by dance companies such as the Birmingham Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Japan and the Sydney Dance Company. His work, which often displays the influence of popular music styles, has been described as delivering a ‘high-octane experience’ that often leaves audiences and players alike in a state of joyous exhilaration.
Award-winning percussionist Claire Edwardes has been described in the press as the ‘sorceress of percussion’ performing with ‘spellbinding intensity’. In this compelling program, Edwardes’ theatrical energy and charisma will also bring to life a selection of irresistibly funky dances by American minimalist, John Adams, arranged for percussion and string quartet.
Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Adelaide, the ASQ was established in 1985 and has had a major impact on the musical life of Australia, commissioning, premiering and performing many works by leading Australian composers. The ASQ is privileged to perform on a matched set of instruments handcrafted by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini between c.1743-1784. The exquisite instruments are on loan to the ASQ for their exclusive use through the generosity of Ulrike Klein and Ngeringa Arts.
– Beethoven, String Quartet in B flat maj op 18 no 6
– Matthew Hindson, String Quartet No. 4 for string quartet and percussion *World Premiere
– John Adams, John’s Book of Alleged Dances (excerpts) arr. Claire Edwardes
– Schumann, String Quartet no 1 in A minor