Saturday 15 February, 11am
Winthrop Hall, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley
LOU BENNETT Jaara Nyilamum
LOU BENNETT (arr. IAIN GRANDAGE) Dirt Song
BEETHOVEN Quartet for Strings in F major, Opus 18, No. 1
In this special series of four concerts, the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) perform all six of Beethoven’s effervescent Op 18 quartets and match them with works from Australian Indigenous composers.
In a project called Quartet & Country, the composers and quartet have collaborated to bring the songlines and stories of this vast country into conversation with the masterworks of the European musical canon.
Singer Dr Lou Bennett AM, didgeridoo master William Barton, Broome music icon Stephen Pigram and Noongar elder Roma ‘Yibiyung’ Winmar bring stories from the four corners of this continent and in doing so, ground the great European string quartet tradition in this country.
The works have been rapturously received whenever performed and are the centrepiece of the Perth Festival’s Chamber Music Weekend.
Australian String Quartet with William Barton
Australian String Quartet with Roma Winmar
Australian String Quartet with Stephen Pigram
Quartet & Country is a commissioning project between the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and its 2016-2019 Artistic Director, composer Iain Grandage, UKARIA and the Australian String Quartet. This event was commissioned by the Klein Family Foundation.