MINUETS AND LULLABIES 

FRIDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2014 - 7PM

Macquarie University Art Gallery - E11A Building, Eastern Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2109, Australia

The third concert in this exciting new chamber music series will feature a mixture between music composed in the 1920's and living composers. We'll start with George Gershwin's magical 'Lullaby', followed by Philip Glass' 'Company' and Joe Twist's 'Dancing With Somebody' and after the interval we'll finish with Fritz Kreisler's gorgeous string quartet.


THE COMPANY WE KEEP 

THURSDAY 06 NOVEMBER 2014 - 7:30PM

Australian Hall, 150 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

SATURDAY 01 NOVEMBER 2014 - 7:30PM

Rose Room - 51F Sunninghill Avenue, Burradoo NSW 2576, Australia

This concert series will feature a mixture between music composed in the 1920's and living composers. We'll start with George Gershwin's magical 'Lullaby', followed by Philip Glass' 'Company' and Joe Twist's 'Dancing With Somebody' and after the interval we'll finish with Fritz Kreisler's gorgeous string quartet.


FOUR WINDS 

SUNDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2014

Windsong Pavilion - Four Winds Festival, Bermagui NSW 2546, Australia

If you haven't seen the Acacia Quartet before, you might wonder why we are so excited to have them performing at the Windsong Pavilion. Well...You don't need to go to Sydney or Melbourne this time. Come to the Windsong Pavilion on Sunday 28th September at 3pm.


BELLINGEN MUSIC FESTIVAL

FRIDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2014 - SUNDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2014

Bellingen Music Festival - Bellingen NSW 2454, Australia


BETWEEN WORLDS 

FRIDAY 22 AUGUST 2014 - 7:30PM

Wollongong Conservatorium Of Music - Murphys Avenue, Keiraville NSW 2500, Australia

THURSDAY 28 AUGUST 2014 - 7:30PM

Australian Hall - 150 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

SUNDAY 31 AUGUST 2014 - 3PM

Mosman Art Gallery - Myahgah Road, Mosman NSW, 2088, Australia

SUNDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2014 - 4PM

Wesley Music Centre - 22 National Circuit, Canberra ACT 2603, Australia

Between Worlds is Nick Russoniello's highly anticipated debut album featuring the acclaimed Acacia Quartet and sponsored by Fine Music 102.5. Sit back and enjoy works by Chick Corea, Elena Kats Chernin, Jeremy Rose and Nick Russoniello within the unique soundscape of the saxophone with strings. Russoniello sings, slaps, scoops and slides in this virtuosic exploration of music from ragtime to rock and everything between.


AN AIDS ACTIVIST'S MEMOIR IN MUSIC 

SATURDAY 05 JULY 2014 - 7:30PM

Music By The Sea - Sandgate Town Hall, Sandgate QLD 4017, Australia

FRIDAY 18 JULY 2014 - 8PM

Eugene Goossens Hall - ABC Ultimo Centre, 700 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia

THURSDAY 24 JULY 2014 - 6PM

Melbourne Recital Centre - Melbourne VIC, Australia

SATURDAY 02 AUGUST 2014 - 7:30PM

Rose Room - 51F Sunninghill Avenue, Burradoo NSW 2576, Australia

String Quartet: An AIDS Activist’s Memoir was sketched in the crisis years 1991-1996, but only completed some 20 years later and will now premiere in three cities.
The 90-minute work is a tour-de-force of emotionally powerful music, sometimes agitated, sometimes tender, but always beautiful. It contains reflections of historic events, portraits of famous activist friends now dead, and unusual effects like the use of police whistles to recall street demonstrations by ACT UP, the direct action protest group of which Lyle Chan was a core member.
In the crisis years, he and fellow activists couriered AIDS treatments from the US that were unavailable here, fiercely lobbied federal government to approve experimental treatments more quickly, and collaborated with drug companies to design clinical trials of promising new treatments.


LIVE AT LUNCH 

WEDNESDAY 02 JULY 2014

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

An intimate take on the world’s best loved Baroquepiece, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Added musical delights include Il Cardellino (The Goldfinch) Flute Concerto and French Renaissance Dances. Featuring The Acacia Quartet with Basso Continuo, and soloists Lisa Stewart, violin and Jane Rutter, flute.

The Live at Lunch concert series is a highlight event of the Sydney lunchtime concert calendar.


OUT OF THE BOX 

THURSDAY 19 JUNE 2014 - 7PM

Australian Hall - 150 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW, 2000, Australia

SATURDAY 21 JUNE 2014 - 7PM

Rose Room - 51F Sunninghill Avenue, Burradoo NSW 2576, Australia

SUNDAY 22 JUNE 2014 - 3PM

Mosman Art Gallery - Myahgah Road, Mosman NSW, 2088, Australia

MONDAY 21 JULY 2014 - 7:30PM

45 Downstairs - 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Experience Acacia Quartet up close with this seductive program featuring the ethereal 'Tenebrae' by Osvaldo Golijov, a new composition by Australia's own charismatic Joe Chindamo (written for Acacia with the assistance of an Australia Council Grant) and Maurice Ravel's exquisite string quartet in F major.


IN HER SHOES 

SUNDAY 13 APRIL 2014 - 3PM

All Saints Anglican Church - 9-15 Cowper Road, Ainslie ACT 2602, Australia

This is the third concert in the “In Her Shoes” series, showcasing the works of women composers across the centuries. This time around, Sally Whitwell is joined by one of the most adventurous ensembles currently working in Australia, Acacia Quartet. They’re already well known for their acclaimed recordings of the complete string quartets of one of Australia’s favourite women composers Elena Kats Chernin, but Sally first met them playing a concert of songs by The Beatles. As you can see, they’re uniquely versatile!

The major work on the program is the “Piano Quintet in F# minor Op. 67″ by American 19th century composer Amy Cheney Beach. Additionally, they’ll be playing “Winter Love”, a work Sally composed specifically for the occasion, “Downsized” a toy instrument mini concerto she composed and some evocative solo piano music by British composer Alison Wrenn.


WORLDS APART 

SATURDAY 12 APRIL 2014 - 7PM (WITHOUT SALLY WHITWELL - EXCERPTS OF BLUE SILENCE INSTEAD)

Rose Room - 51F Sunninghill Avenue, Burradoo NSW 2576, Australia

THURSDAY 17 APRIL 2014 - 7PM

Australian Hall - 150 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

SUNDAY 27 APRIL 2014 - 3PM

Mosman Art Gallery - Myahgah Road, Mosman NSW, 2088, Australia

Acacia Quartet and multi-ARIA-award-winning pianist/composer Sally Whitwell collaborate to present an exciting mix of romantic and contemporary compositions: a seldom heard piano quintet by American Amy Beach, Johannes Brahms’ 2nd String Quartet and two pieces composed by Whitwell herself. This program begins with Winter Love, a romantic dedication to Sally’s partner, and Downsized, a concerto for toy instruments arranged for quintet. Amy Beach was a child prodigy on the piano, and performed as a soloist with the Boston Symphony whilst still in her teens. She is now regarded as America’s first successful female composer. Her piano quintet is full of lush harmonies in the romantic style of Brahms and Rachmaninov. And to round off this exciting program: Brahms’ 2nd String Quartet. Brahms, ever a perfectionist, is rumoured to have destroyed 20 string quartets before allowing his first quartets to be published. Join Acacia Quartet and Sally Whitwell post concert for complimentary refreshments.


WORLDS APART 

SATURDAY 22 MARCH 2014 - 2:30PM

Woodend Winter Arts Festival - St Ambrose Catholic Church, Woodend VIC 3442, Australia

Australian born Alfred Hill was an aspiring twenty year old when he travelled to the other side of the world to study music in Leipzig. Between 1887 and 1891 Hill was a student of Hans Sitt at the Royal Conservatorium of Music in Leipzig and began working on his first string quartet (he wrote a total of 17).

He was invited to play second violin in the famous Gewandhaus Orchestra and was conducted by Brahms as well as Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Bruch. This inspiring period was to have a lasting influence on Alfred Hill and greatly influenced his northern European Romantic style of writing.

In contrast, Johannes Brahms had been composing for more than 30 years by 1891 and had already completed 3 string quartets, 2 string quintets and 4 symphonies. It is said that Brahms spent over ten years working on his first string quartet and had burnt nearly twenty quartets before he was content to publish his string quartets Nos 1 & 2, Op 51. at the age of forty.