The October long weekend sees the quartet playing in the microfest of fine music at Barossa Baroque and Beyond. FermentAsian present a Tafelmusik Dinner (30 September) featuring the ASQ in a program of works that provide delicious aural counterpoint to a progression of dishes prepared by Tuoi Do and her team. And the ASQ plays the Mendelssohn’s Quartet in F minor in a concert with other musicians at the Tanunda Regional Gallery (1 October). Find out more.
The ASQ carries chamber music into the here and now with a journey of discovery in the Melbourne Festival. Turning Point on 7,8,9 October sees the quartet reimagine the concert experience and celebrate a vanguard of composers whose responses to broader social and political concerns saw them transforming into agents of musical change.
And at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival (15 October) the ASQ continues its much-loved Quartet and Country project – one that seeks to find common ground between Western Art Music and the Songlines of this country. Featuring new works by Lou Bennett and Stephen Pigram, alongside Paul Stanhope’s exquisite Quartet no 2, the ASQ is thrilled to be involved in this year’s Festival which offers a meditation on human migration.
In early November, another collaboration sees the ASQ welcomed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s as their 2017 Ensemble in Residence. They will will perform John Adams’ Absolute Jest in the MSO’s concert Beethoven 9 – Ode to Joy.
(Pictured – Australian String Quartet with Artistic Director of Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Iain Grandage and featured composers Stephen Pigram and Lou Bennett at UKARIA Cultural Centre, as part of their artistic residency to create two new works for Quartet and Country)