PENINSULA SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Peninsula Summer Music Festival has invited Acacia Quartet back again. We're looking forward to performing two very contrasting programs and our 1st violin Lisa Stewart has also been asked to give a violin & piano recital with exceptional pianist Stefan Cassomenos...

The Noble Patron

Be transported to Vienna at the dawn of the 19th century, as Acacia Quartet pay homage to one of classical music’s most influential patrons.

Prince Joseph Lobkowitz played a pivotal role in the creation of two of the finest works in the string quartet canon: Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet No. 1 in G Major, Op.77 'Lobkowitz', Haydn’s swan song in the genre that he invented, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 10 in E flat Major Op. 74 'Harp', written in a state of relaxed mastery thanks to the financial support of his patron.

WEDNESDAY 04 JANUARY 2017, 5pm

Lindenderry - 142 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill VIC 3937, Australia

Glass At Port Phillip

The landmark architecture and sweeping coastal views of Port Phillip Estate’s cellar door are the perfect setting in which to experience the mesmerising string quartets of minimalism pioneer Philip Glass.

Acacia Quartet will perform the Australian premiere of Philip Glass’s String Quartet No. 7, written for the Nederland Dans Theatre, alongside Philip Glass’s String Quartet No. 2 'Company' and George Gershwin's 'Lullaby' and emerging Australian composer Nick Wales' 'Harbour Light'.

Treat yourself with a pre-show dinner in the dining room before taking your seat in the cellar door for this unforgettable evening.

THURSDAY 05 JANUARY 2017, 6pm

Port Phillip Estate - 263 Red Hill Road, Red Hill South, VIC 3937 Australia

Duo Français

Two of Australia’s finest chamber musicians – violinist Lisa Stewart and pianist Stefan Cassomenos – unite for the first time in a festival-exclusive collaboration.

Their sublime program features three of the finest works of early 20th century France: Maurice Ravel’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, boldly infused with jazz and blues, Claude Debussy’s Violin Sonata in G minor, the last major composition of his life, and Olivier Messiaen’s Theme and Variations, written as a wedding present to his wife and described by him as “one of my best”.

SUNDAY 8 JANUARY, 11AM

Church of St John the Evangelist - King St Flinders, VIC 3929 Australia

Raphael Project

 

The Raphael Foundation has invited Acacia Quartet to perform and record Raphael's string quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 6 in May 2017 in Berlin. Günter Raphael (1903-60) was an extraordinarily versatile and prolific composer who contributed numerous works, amongst them 6 string quartets

Read more about this exciting project here.


Become a Patron of Acacia now by donating through the Australian Cultural Fund. As a Patron of Acacia, your donation will be fully tax-deductable and you will be recognised on our programs.


reviews

 

'There are string quartets that engage audiences by their sheer will and force of playing. This is not the Acacia Quartet. They approach the music with humility and theirs is an invitation to the listener to engage. This is a great quality in a quartet. Long may it reign.' - ClassikON, 2016 - read more here

'There was never a ‘wallflower’ in these pieces, rather, each instrument had its chance to shine, taking up the narrative at different points.' - SoundsLikeSydney, 2016 - read more here

'The excited reception ... from the audience was proof of Acacia Quartet’s effective gifting 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 - read more here  

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