Sunset for ASQ members
This month's national tour of the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) will be the final for two of the quartet's members.
Violinist Sophie Rowell and violist Sally Boud will depart at the conclusion of the tour, which runs from 19-28 September.
"This tour marks the end of an era for the ASQ and I'm looking forward to what is set to be a stunning musical farewell for Sophie and Sally," said ASQ Executive Officer Alison Beare.
"It's been an incredible journey for all of us over the last five years."
The ASQ was established in 1985 and is Quartet in Residence at the University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music.
The ASQ has had a major impact on the musical life of Australia, touring widely both nationally and internationally and commissioning many works by leading Australian composers throughout its history.
The current membership of Sophie Rowell and Anne Horton (violins), Sally Boud (viola) and Rachel Johnston (cello) was established in 2006. In 2000, this combination of players originally came together as the Tankstream Quartet.
With a fitting title of Sunset, the September concert opens with Haydn's first op.76 quartet in G Major. Well-loved Australian soprano Sara Macliver joins the ASQ for Respighi's dramatic interpretation of Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem Il tramonto (The Sunset).
Macliver described Respighi as a great storyteller: "His music is filled with contrasts. There's a real sense of drama, with moments of great sadness, balanced by pure elation and ecstasy."
The concert includes two songs by Argentinean composer Golijov, Lua Descolorida (Colourless Moon) and How Slow the Wind. Ravel has long been a favourite of the ASQ's and his String Quartet in F Major will bring the concert to a virtuosic end.
The tour starts in Perth on Monday 19 September. The ASQ then performs in Adelaide on Wednesday 21 September, followed by Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney on 26, 27 and 28 September respectively.
ASQ is generously supported by the Government of South Australia and the Australia Council.
For more information go to: asq.com.au or phone 1800 040 444.
Tour Three: Sunset 7.00pm Wednesday 21 September Adelaide Town Hall
Tickets: $57 adult, $43 concession, $22 student (service fees may apply)
Book at BASS: phone 131 246 or go to: bass.net.au