Dangerous Liaisons 30th Anniversary Tour

Join us on our 30th-anniversary tour for a concert filled with passion, yearning, joy and heartache. Each of our two programmes explores themes of love and desire and will take you on an emotional journey through some of the great works of the repertoire.  

Romeo and Juliet’s tragic love story serves as the inspiration for a young Beethoven, whereas Schumann’s quartet celebrates the composer’s triumph over parental opposition to marry the love of his life. Mendelsohn’s first love, Bartok’s infatuation with a virtuoso violinist and Janacek’s obsession with a woman half his age were all doomed to failure yet inspired some of their most beautiful works. Jack Body’s Saetas takes its inspiration from the fire and passion of flamenco songs and reveals Rolf Gjelsten’s secret talent as an accomplished accordionist.

A word of warning: each concert will be an intimate affair and the music may steal your heart!

“This programme presents the relentless forces of love, passion, drama and heartache.
Prepare for a musical rollercoaster, hold on to your hats and your hearts... ”

Monique Lapins - Second Violin


Tue 15 Aug Dangerous Liaisons Queenstown Lodge at The Hills 7:30pm Programme One
Thu 17 Aug Christopher's Classics Series Christchurch The Piano 7:30pm Programme Two
Fri 18 Aug Dangerous Liaisons Timaru Turley Auditorium
Craighead Diocesan School
7:30pm Programme One
Sat 19 Aug Dangerous Liaisons Dunedin Hanover Hall
65 Hanover St
7:30pm Programme Two
Wed 23 Aug Dangerous Liaisons Kerikeri The Turner Centre 7:30pm Programme One
Fri 25 Aug Dangerous Liaisons Devonport Holy Trinity Church 7:30pm Programme One
Sat 26 Aug Dangerous Liaisons Auckland Mackelvie Gallery
Auckland Art Gallery
7:30pm Programme Two
Sun 27 Aug Dangerous Liaisons Napier Tom McDonald Cellar
Church Road Winery
4:00pm Programme Two
Thu 7 Sep Dangerous Liaisons Wellington 1 St Mary of the Angels 7:30pm Programme One
Fri 8 Sep Dangerous Liaisons Wairarapa Carterton Events Centre 7:30pm Programme One
Sun 10 Sep Dangerous Liaisons Wellington 2 Hunter Council Chamber
Victoria University of Wellington
4:00pm Programme Two
Mon 11 Sep Dangerous Liaisons Upper Hutt Expressions 7:30pm Programme Three
Sat 16 Sep Dangerous Liaisons Nelson The Suter Art Gallery 7:30pm Programme Two
Sun 17 Sep Dangerous Liaisons Blenheim 1pm Cloudy Bay Vineyard 1:00pm Programme One
Sun 17 Sep Dangerous Liaisons Blenheim 5pm - SOLD OUT Cloudy Bay Vineyard 5:00pm Programme One


Programme One

Beethoven: String Quartet no 1 in F, op 18 no 1

Bartok: String Quartet no 1

Schumann: String Quartet in A, op 41 no 3 

Programme Two

Janacek: String Quartet no 2, Intimate Letters

Jack Body: Saetas

Mendelssohn: Quartet no 2 in A minor, op 13 

Programme Three

Beethoven: String Quartet no 1 in F, op 18 no 1

Janacek: String Quartet no 2, Intimate Letters

Mendelssohn: Quartet no 2 in A minor, op 13 

The New Zealand String Quartet Gratefully Acknowledges its sponsors and funders