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30 May 2016 / News
The three works we have selected for our concert at Auckland's historic Pah Homestead on Tuesday 7 June at 6pm were some of the most significant in the lives of the composers who wrote them – masters of the 19th century Rachmaninov, Mendelssohn and Smetana.
At just 17 years old, Rachmaninov was full of youthful energy when he wrote the Romance and Scherzo for string quartet. Mendelssohn composed his exuberant three Opus 44 string quartets shortly after his marriage and it’s thought to be his favourite. Smetana wrote String Quartet No 1 'From My Life' towards the end of his life about the journey of his life, through to the despair of his deafness.
We love to share the stories behind the music we play and we’re looking forward to doing this for you in a setting rich with stories itself. There’s something special about being in the historic setting of Auckland’s elegant Pah Homestead. It was built in 1879 as a private residence and has been an orphanage, convent and boarding school during its colourful life. Now a public art gallery, it offers an accessible and relaxed concert experience.
And this concert is a significant moment for us too. This will be the first time we perform in our new lineup with our new second violinist, Monique Lapins, who joined us just last month and is only the third person to hold this position in our 29-year history. Still in her 20s, Monique's already chalked up some impressive experience as a professional violinist, with a number of performances around Europe, Asia and Australasia under her belt.
We invite you to join us in this unique venue at this special event, to hear some of the most important music from the work of three 19th century masters.
On the programme:
Mendelssohn: String Quartet no. 3 in D, Op 44/1
Rachmaninov: Two Movements for String Quartet
Smetana: String Quartet no. 1 in E minor, "From My Life"
Pah Homestead, Tuesday 7 June, 6pm (doors open 5.30pm)
Where to park: Free parking available at venue – view information.
Running time: Starts 6.00pm, Interval at 7:00pm (15 mins), Approx. finish time: 8.00pm
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