THE GLORY OF THE STRING QUARTET and Friends
This year’s Festival will pay homage to that most perfect of chamber music groups, the string quartet. The simplicity and challenge of one person to a part, soprano, alto, tenor and bass, has led many of the greatest composers to write their greatest works in this genre. The late quartets of Beethoven, the marvelous emotional impact of Schubert to Bartok and the twentieth century masters has most music lovers in little difficulty deciding what to take to that fabled desert island. Add another instrument like another cello or a clarinet and the choice is enormous and magical.
Beginning with Josef “Papa” Haydn, known as the father of the string quartet, working for the Esterhazy family near Vienna in the 1700's, up to the vibrant personality of our own Elena Kats-Chernin, The Crossroads Festival will present a feast of masterpieces accompanied by some history, folklore and fun.
Four concerts over the weekend of 8th and 9th September will be a spring extravaganza for classical music lovers of the Central Coast. Presented at Greenway Memorial Chapel at Green Point, set in the forest where a passing cockatoo has been known to contribute some dubious audience participation, it is nevertheless the finest chamber music festival between Townsville and Sydney and has flourished now for many years.
Under the guidance of Charmian Gadd and with the artistic input of Francesca Bell and support of Central Coast Conservatorium of Music, there will be two concerts on the Saturday and two on Sunday with a lunch break in between. Given that this year’s festival is several weeks later than previous ones, the spring weather should encourage picnics in the extensive and lovely grounds of Greenway or forays to some of the seaside restaurants nearby.
In keeping with Charmian's philosophy of including the young and old, the group Charmian and Friends will feature some exceptional young players. Charmian is proud to have inspired the formation of locally based Quartet, Dan Russell’s Phoenix Collective. Two other established professional Quartets will also join us, the Acacia Quartet and the Caro Quartet. Charmian will also present a group from the Sydney Conservatorium who have been highly recommended by her friends on the teaching staff there.
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