It’s all about rhythm and texture in this exciting program by Acacia Quartet. Starting with Osvaldo Golijov’s haunting Tenebrae, we are transported above the planet, seeing Earth as a beautiful blue sphere. Beautiful, pulsating textures are carefully threaded with haunting melodies. Golijov finds a way to contrast this celestial beauty with the damage and ugliness humans have inflicted on each other, and the planet itself.

Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No.7 is dedicated to his first wife, written in 1960, five years after her death. Although short, the quartet shows all the emotion and heightened drama of Shostakovich’s best work — nervous energy and rapid pulses next to hypnotic lyrical passages.

Acacia has a very special relationship with composer Lyle Chan and they're very proud to present the world premiere of Andante Moderato by him, subtle, subdued and elegant.

Acacia also love to celebrate both the classic and the quirky, and now they give us Javier Alvarez’s Metro Chabacano - a dedication to one of Mexico City’s subway stations. An evocative sound world, it is characterised by a continuous eighth-note movement with short melodic solos for all instruments.

And lastly, an inspired finale with Maurice Ravel’s work, String Quartet in F. Composed in 1903 Ravel hoped the piece would both impress his composition teacher, Gabriel Fauré, and win the prestigious Rome Prize. Did he win both prize and praise?


Sydney Opera House - Utzon Room, Sydney NSW, Australia


Village Cafe & Wine Bar - Supper Club, Flinders VIC, Australia


Melbourne Recital Centre - Salon, Melbourne VIC, Australia


Superb violinist, Lisa Stewart leads the renowned Acacia String Quartet in the sublime String Quartet by Ravel in the glorious season finale concert of the Live at Lunch series.

The Quartet will accompany Artistic Director & Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, Jane Rutter, in two haunting Pavannes for flute and strings by Fauré and Ravel and will then perform Ravel's masterful String Quartet in F.

Wednesday 15 November 2017 - 12PM

The Concourse - 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood NSW 2067, Australia

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'Again we marvelled at the unerring dialogue of the musicians as they responded to each other in this quartet, which began with such longing and foreboding as well as such sadness and hope and evolved, through a display of skill from all the players, through a whole gamut of moods leaving the glorious tranquillity of the second 'Rosamunde' movement forever in our musical experience' - Yass Music Club, 2017, - read more here


'Forgotten – but only until now. With their customary curiosity and vision, Acacia Quartet have prised open the pages of history and breathed fresh life into the music of Raphael. Of equal importance, the ensemble has the requisite individual and collective technical skills to play this music and Forbidden but not Forgotten represented a renaissance in the work of Günter Raphael as well as the Australian premiere of his music.' - Sounds Like Sydney, 2017 - read more here


'The excited reception ... from the audience was proof of Acacia Quartet's effective on this night to us of delicate narratives, intensities, colours and shapes found in compositions for the string quartet from last century to now.' - Sydney Arts Guide, 2016


'Their instincts were good. The lush and complex string textures are still there when the music needs it, but individual gestures shine out' - A Cunning Blog, 2016