Salon Series takes chamber music to intimate settings

01 August 2014 / Media Releases

The New Zealand String Quartet is harking back to the times of musical soirees for its new Salon Series of concerts performed throughout New Zealand in August and September.

The New Zealand String Quartet Salon Series includes three programmes of music specially designed for people who are new to chamber music, as well as long-time chamber music lovers who can experience favourite pieces.

The tour, built around the theme of ‘Music and Ideas’, begins in Napier with a concert at the Church Road Winery, before heading to Featherston, Auckland, Christchurch, Geraldine, Dunedin, Blenheim and Wellington. And to create an intimate feel, the concerts are performed in carefully selected venues including churches, vineyards, private homes, small theatres and a café.

Salon Series One provides an introduction for newcomers to chamber music featuring a range of timeless works and a stunning full multi-movement from Schubert. From J.S. Bach’s lyrical Air from Suite No 3, to Shostakovich’s playful Polka, there is something to tantalise the musical palate. Performed in Auckland, Napier, Wellington, Blenheim and Geraldine, Salon Series One also gives chamber music fans a chance to hear some of their favourite movements as stand-alone pieces and explore the ideas behind the composers’ works.

Salon Series Two caters for the more experienced chamber music audience and includes Haydn’s fiery Gypsy Quartet and Grieg’s String Quartet in G minor. These two longer movements are balanced by shorter complete works, including Zhou Long’s Song of the Ch’in and Wolf’s Italian Serenade. Each member of the quartet will also perform a solo movement from a Bach suite, providing the opportunity to highlight the personality of the individual instruments. Salon Series Two is performed in Auckland, Featherston, Wellington, Nelson and Dunedin.

Salon Series Three is presented for Christopher’s Classics in Christchurch and features a rich selection of three multi-movement works: including Haydn’s String Quartet in C, Brahms’ String Quartet No 3 in B flat and Grieg’s String Quartet No 1 in G minor.

The New Zealand String Quartet Salon Series begins in Napier at the Tom McDonald Cellar, Church Road Winery on Saturday 30 August, before moving on to Featherston, Auckland, Christchurch, Geraldine, Dunedin, Blenheim, Nelson and Wellington. For details of the full tour, visit www.nzsq.co.nz


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For more information, transmission of high resolution images or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Sally Woodfield | SWPR | M: 021 868 020 | E: sally@swpr.co.nz

 

New Zealand String Quartet Salon Series Tour 2014

NAPIER: Tom McDonald Cellar, Church Road Winery, Taradale | Saturday 30 August 3pm| Book tickets at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) www.ticketek.co.nz (Salon Series 1)

FEATHERSTON: House concert at 103 Fitzherbert St| Sunday 31 August  3pm | Book tickets through NZ String Quartet www.nzsq.co.nz (Salon Series 2)

AUCKLAND: Q Theatre | Friday 5 September 6.30pm | Book tickets at Q Theatre (09) 309 9771 www.qtheatre.co.nz (Salon Series 1)

AUCKLAND: Q Theatre | Saturday 6 September 4.00pm | Book tickets at Q Theatre (09) 309 9771 www.qtheatre.co.nz (Salon Series 2)

CHRISTCHURCH: St Michael and All Angels Church | Tuesday 9 September 8pm | Door Sales only (Salon Series 3)

GERALDINE: Lodge Theatre| Wednesday 10 September 7.30pm | Book tickets through NZ String Quartet www.nzsq.co.nz (Salon Series 1)

DUNEDIN: First Church | Thursday 11 September 7.30pm | Book tickets at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) www.ticketek.co.nz (Salon Series 2)

BLENHEIM*: Cloudy Bay Vineyard | Saturday 13 September 5.00pm | Book tickets at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) www.ticketek.co.nz (Salon Series 1)

NELSON: Old St John’s Church | Sunday 14 September | Book tickets at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) www.ticketek.co.nz (Salon Series 2)

WELLINGTON: Hunter Council Chamber | Friday 19 September| Book tickets at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) www.ticketek.co.nz (Salon Series 2)

WELLINGTON**: Prefab Café | Sunday 21 September| Book tickets at Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) www.ticketek.co.nz (Salon Series 1)

*Cloudy Bay – Wine and food platters are available for purchase (not included in ticket price). Concertgoers can order platters on arrival and they will be served at half time. Wine can be purchased on arrival, at half time and at the end of the concert. Seating will include chairs and tables in soiree-style.

**Wellington – Prefab venue will include wine, coffee and food that can be purchased at the venue

 

PROGRAMMES

Salon Series One

J.S.Bach – Air from Suite No 3

Mozart – String Quartet in C, K. 157 - Allegro, Andante, Presto

Tchaikovsky – Cantabile

Shostakovich – Polka

Chopin – Etude, Opus 25, No 7

Farr – Mambo Rambo

Schubert –  Quartet in E flat

Barber – Adagio, Opus 11

Dvořák – Waltz, Opus 54, No 2

Salon  Series Two

Movements from the Bach suites

Haydn – Gypsy Quartet, Opus 54, No 2

Zhou Long – Song of the Ch'in

Wolf – Italian Serenade

Grieg – String Quartet in G minor, Opus 27

Salon Series Three

Haydn – String Quartet in C, Opus 54, No 2

Brahms – String Quartet No 3 in B flat, Opus 67

Grieg – String Quartet No 1 in G minor, Opus 27

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