QUARTET PERFORMS GOLDILOCKS FOR CHILDREN
NOVEMBER 12, 12:30 P.M. AT MUSIC & TRUFFLES
“String lovers might be forgiven these days if they think they’ve died and gone to Quartet Heaven after yesterday’s concert by the New Zealand String Quartet.” – The Ottawa Citizen
Mooredale Concerts presents the highly-individual and internationally renowned New Zealand String Quartet, Saturday, November 12, 2:30 pm at Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent. (Please note the day and start time.)
The Quartet – sought after for its imaginative and varied programming as much as for its revelatory interpretations – will perform quartets by Haydn, Bartok and Beethoven…standing up!
Tickets are $30; students and seniors $25 (HST included). Subscriptions are still available for the remaining five concerts in the Mooredale series, at $95 (seniors and students $85), a 40% saving. Information and ticket order forms are online at www.mooredaleconcerts.com or by phone at 416-922-3714, ext.103.
The New Zealand Quartet (www.nzsq.co.nz) is enthusiastically recognized through its recordings and regular tours in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, where it has appeared at the Tanglewood, Ottawa Chamber Music and other major festivals. The quartet’s complete CD set of Mendelssohn Quartets is available on the Naxos label.
Hailed for its performances of the Beethoven and Bartok quartet cycles, the group has been featured on North America’s popular public radio program Saint Paul Sunday, and has recorded for Deutsche Welle, CBC in Canada, and Australia’s ABC, as well as regularly appearing on Radio New Zealand’s Concert FM.
The foursome has recently toured through Korea and Mexico, and returned to London’s Wigmore Hall as part of a tour of England and Europe. Recent U.S. tours have spanned the distance from Hawaii to New Hampshire, and featured engagements in Los Angeles, San Antonio, New York, Cleveland, Buffalo and Washington, DC.
An unusual feature of the Quartet’s performance style is that the players stand, with the cellist seated on a special platform, “giving a tremendous freedom and energy to the music’s natural movement” (Classics Today).
Mooredale Concerts’ Artistic Director Anton Kuerti describes the Quartet’s Toronto program as “featuring Haydn’s Lark Quartet, in which the bird’s song is emulated in an exotic and witty manner. Bartok’s turbulent fourth quartet follows – a work that is tightly knit, using a great deal of canonic imitation. The program concludes with Beethoven’s C sharp minor quartet, Op. 131, a luminous, thrilling work, which was Beethoven’s own favorite among his famous last five quartets.”
MUSIC & TRUFFLES
The New Zealanders will also present a special Music & Truffles performance, aimed at children. Saturday, November 12 at 12:30 pm. (N.B. Early start.) Entitled Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the “Pachel-bear” Canon, it was developed by the quartet and has been performed often with immense success. Tickets, $12, are available at the door or in advance via Mooredale Concerts. Subscriptions for the five remaining concerts are available for $38, a 40% saving.