Today the Australian String Quartet is waking up in sunny Maryland USA for a week of activities leading up to the NextNOW Festival at the University of Maryland (UMD). NextNOW runs for two evenings with continuous music, theatre and dance performances and is a vibrant, immersive festival held at The Clarice Center for Performing Arts.
After a busy schedule of masterclasses and collaborations with student ensembles, the ASQ will give the premiere of a new string quartet work by a UMD School of Music Alumni composer as well as performing Australian composer Paul Stanhope’s String Quartet no 2, a work that recently featured in ASQ’s Homeward National Season Tour.
Then the Quartet head to Vancouver, Canada for a much-anticipated week of performances with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO), a performance for Music on Main and a residency with the VSO School of Music. This is a chance for Dale to introduce Francesca, Stephen and Sharon to Vancouver after having made the city his home for many years as Concertmaster of the VSO. Together the ASQ will play John Adams’s Absolute Jest, a concerto for string quartet and orchestra in the VSO’s Season Opening concert. The ASQ will then play Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro with the VSO in a blockbuster concert that welcomes guest pianist superstar Lang Lang.
Stay up-to-date with the Quartet’s tour via their North American tour blog.
Melbourne audiences will have the chance to hear the energetic Absolute Jest in November when the ASQ performs with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.