TASMANIAN STRING QUARTET

Monday 31st May 7.30pm

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART – String Quartet No. 19 in C Major K. 465 Dissonance

JABRA LATHAM – New commission by the Tasmanian String Quartet

BÉLA BARTÓK – String Quartet No. 5 Sz. 102

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The Tasmanian String Quartet was formed in April 2020 by members of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. COVID-19 gave them an unexpected chance to rehearse intensively. In addition to recording for the TSOs Daily Dose initiative, and performing for the Friday Night Live concert series, it has also performed at Hobarts Town Hall for Virtuosi Tasmania, in Evandale for the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival, and in Kettering for its series of chamber concerts.

Mozart's ‘Dissonance’ quartet is arguably his most famous. Dedicated to Joseph Haydn, the often-named 'Father of the String Quartet', this quartet begins ominously and unfolds with its unusual slow introduction, but thereafter brings many joyous and bright C major moments. Bartók's fifth string quartet could be described as his most mellow, with fewer dissonances and harsh textures than some of his others. Composed in five movements, it ends with a mixture of frivolity, urgency, and furious energy. Sandwiched in between is an exciting new commission by respected Tasmanian-based composer Jabra Latham.

Image: Caleb Miller

The TSQ appears courtesy of the TSO.

EMMA MCGRATH, Violin
JENNIFER OWEN, Violin
DOUGLAS COGHILL, Viola
JONATHAN BÉKÉS, Cello

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