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

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 will perform the Australian premiere of Philip Glass’ String Quartet No. 7, written for the Nederland Dans Theatre, alongside Philip Glass’s String Quartet No. 2 'Company',  Joe Twist's 'Spongebob's Romantic Adventure', 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

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


Delmar Gallery

Heading To Berlin

Günter Raphael’s String Quartet No. 1 in e Minor, Op. 5, composed in 1924, is an example of his early composition style. This early composition style, bound in part to tradition, made the music world listen because of his very personal thematic writing combined with a versatile developmental artistry.

To complement one of Raphael’s very early works, we’ve programmed one of Mozart’s most famous and late string quartets - String Quartet No. 15 K421.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's String Quartet No. 15 in d minor, K421 is the second of the quartets dedicated to Haydn and the only one of the set in a minor key. Though undated in the autograph, it is believed to have been completed in 1783, while Constanze Mozart was in labour. Constanze stated that the rising string figures in the second movement corresponded to her cries from the other room.

tueSDAY 21 february 2017 - 7:30PM

Delmar Gallery - 144 Victoria Street Ashfield NSW 2131


BOWRAL AUTUMN MUSIC FESTIVAL

Acacia Quartet will once again be Ensemble-In-Residence at the Bowral Autumn Music Festival and perform alongside clarinetist David Griffiths and pianist Phillip Shovk in three very different but extremely exciting programs.

Serenade

The Festival opens with Ensemble-in-Residence, Acacia Quartet and the superb clarinetist David Griffiths (from Ensemble Liaison and Australia Ensemble) playing one the most loved chamber works of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Clarinet Quintet together with Joseph Haydn's joyful String Quartet in G Major Op. 77/1 and Ross Edwards' distinctive Yanada for solo clarinet.

FRIDAY 24 MARCH 2017 - 1pm

St Jude's Church - 34 Bendooley Street, Bowral NSW 2576, Australia

Romances

Hear Acacia Quartet's Australian Premiere of the unknown String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 9 by Günter Raphael prior to their invitation to perform and record this work in Berlin. They will be joined in the second half by prize winning pianist Phillip Shovk (Lisbon Vianna da Motta and Tchaikovsky Competition) for Johannes Brahms' monumental Piano Quintet in F Minor.

saturday 25 March 2017 - 5:30pm

St Jude's Church - 34 Bendooley Street, Bowral NSW 2576, Australia

Face To The Sun

The festival closes with three glorious string quartets, Franz Schubert's String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, D87, Sally Whitwell's 'Face to the Sun' and Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74 'Harp'. Sally is a multi-award winning Australian composer and her charming quartet, based on the native flowers Banksia, Boronia, Everlasting Daisy and Gumnut, was written especially for Acacia.

Sunday 26 MARCH 2017 - 2pm

St Jude's Church - 34 Bendooley Street, Bowral NSW 2576, Australia


Acacia presents - Heading To berlin

Heading To Berlin

When Franz Schubert was between fifteen and eighteen years of age, he wrote some ten string quartets for his own use. One of them is the String Quartet No. 10 in E flat Major, Op. 125/1 D87. The quartet consisted of Franz on viola, his two older brothers Ignaz and Ferdinand on violins and their father on cello. A very early masterwork.

Günter Raphael’s String Quartet No. 1 in e Minor, Op. 5, composed in 1924, is an example of his early composition style. This early composition style, bound in part to tradition, made the music world listen because of his very personal thematic writing combined with a versatile developmental artistry.

To complement the early works, we’ve programmed one of Mozart’s most famous and late string quartets - String Quartet No. 15 K421.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's String Quartet No. 15 in d Minor, K421 is the second of the quartets dedicated to Haydn and the only one of the set in a minor key. Though undated in the autograph, it is believed to have been completed in 1783, while Constanze Mozart was in labour. Constanze stated that the rising string figures in the second movement corresponded to her cries from the other room.

friday 31 march 2017 - 7Pm

Sydney Opera House - Utzon Room, Sydney NSW, Australia


killara music club

Heading To Berlin

When Franz Schubert was between fifteen and eighteen years of age, he wrote some ten string quartets for his own use. One of them is the String Quartet No. 10 in E flat Major, Op. 125/1 D87. The quartet consisted of Franz on viola, his two older brothers Ignaz and Ferdinand on violins and their father on cello. A very early masterwork...

Günter Raphael’s String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 9, composed in 1924, is an example of his early composition style. This early composition style, bound in part to tradition, made the music world listen because of his very personal thematic writing combined with a versatile developmental artistry.

To complement the early works, we’ve programmed one of Mozart’s most famous and late string quartets - String Quartet No. 15 K421.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's String Quartet No. 15 in d Minor, K421 is the second of the quartets dedicated to Haydn and the only one of the set in a minor key. Though undated in the autograph, it is believed to have been completed in 1783, while Constanze Mozart was in labour. Constanze stated that the rising string figures in the second movement corresponded to her cries from the other room.

monday 03 april 2017 - 7:30PM

The Ravenswood Centenary Centre – Henry Street, Gordon 2072, Australia


Christine Raphael Foundation Berlin

The Raphael Foundation has invited Acacia Quartet to perform and record Raphael's string quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 6 in May 2017 in Berlin.

THURSDAY 04 MAY 2017 - 7:30PM

Universität der Künste Berlin - Joseph-Joachim-Saal, Bundesallee 1-12, Berlin, Germany

When Franz Schubert was between fifteen and eighteen years of age, he wrote some ten string quartets for his own use. One of them is the String Quartet No. 10 in E flat Major, Op. 125/1 D87. The quartet consisted of Franz on viola, his two older brothers Ignaz and Ferdinand on violins and their father on cello. A very early masterwork...

Günter Raphael’s String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 9, composed in 1925, is an example of his early composition style. This early composition style, bound in part to tradition, made the music world listen because of his very personal thematic writing combined with a versatile developmental artistry.

The second quartet of Günter Raphael in this concert is his last one, String Quartet No. 6 in F Major, Op. 54 demonstrates an approach to the 12-tone music, which Raphael significantly describes as 'tonal 12-tone'.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's String Quartet No. 15 in d Minor, K421 is the second of the quartets dedicated to Haydn and the only one of the set in a minor key. Though undated in the autograph, it is believed to have been completed in 1783, while Constanze Mozart was in labour. Constanze stated that the rising string figures in the second movement corresponded to her cries from the other room.

FRIDAY 12 MAY 2017 - 7:00PM

Pauluskirche Zehlendorf - Paulus Saal, Teltower Damm 4-8, Berlin, Germany

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.

In between those two masterpieces Acacia will present Günter Raphael’s String Quartet No. 1 in e Minor, Op. 5, composed in 1924, an example of his early composition style. This early composition style, bound in part to tradition, made the music world listen because of his very personal thematic writing combined with a versatile developmental artistry.


ACACIA PRESENTS - forbidden but not forgotten

Join Acacia Quartet for their second 2017 Utzon Room concert with Haydn’s joyful String Quartet Op. 77/1, Schubert’s haunting ‘Rosamunde’ Quartet and the intriguing String Quartet No. 6 of banned Jewish composer Günter Raphael.

sunday 18 june 2017 - 3PM

Sydney Opera House - Utzon Room, Sydney NSW, Australia


south west music

Acacia Quartet's first appearance at South West Music will feature Haydn’s joyful String Quartet Op. 77/1, Schubert’s haunting ‘Rosamunde’ Quartet and the very exciting String Quartet From Anna Magdalena’s Notebook by Australia's favourite composer Elena Kats-Chernin.

saturday 01 july 2017 - 7PM

Deniliquin Multi Arts Hall - Cressy Street, Deniliquin NSW 2710, Australia

Sunday 02 July 2017 - 2pm

Moama Anglican Grammar - 2 Kirchhofer Road, Moama NSW 2731


noosa Music society

Acacia Quartet's first appearance at the Noosa Music Society will feature Haydn’s joyful String Quartet Op. 77/1, Schubert’s haunting ‘Rosamunde’ Quartet and the very exciting String Quartet From Anna Magdalena’s Notebook by Australia's favourite composer Elena Kats-Chernin.

SUNDAY 23 JULY 2017 - 4:30PM

Good Shepherd Lutheran College - Noosaville 4566 QLD, Australia


Mitchell conservatorium

Acacia Quartet's first appearance at the Mitchell Conservatorium will feature Haydn’s joyful String Quartet Op. 77/1, Schubert’s haunting ‘Rosamunde’ Quartet and the very exciting String Quartet From Anna Magdalena’s Notebook by Australia's favourite composer Elena Kats-Chernin.

Friday 11 august 2017 - 7pm

The Orchard Room, Mitchell Conservatorium, Bathurst - West Wing, Courthouse, Bathurst, NSW 2795

saturDAY 12 August 2017 - 3pm

Forbes Shire Town Hall - Town Hall Lane, Forbes, NSW 2871


yass MUSIC club

Acacia Quartet's first appearance at the Yass Music Club will feature Haydn’s joyful String Quartet Op. 77/1, Schubert’s haunting ‘Rosamunde’ Quartet and the very exciting String Quartet From Anna Magdalena’s Notebook by Australia's favourite composer Elena Kats-Chernin.

SUNDAY 13 august 2017 - 2PM

Yass Memorial Hall - 78 Comur Street, Yass NSW 2582, Australia


goethe-institut sydney

Haydn - String Quartet Op. 77/1 - Raphael - String Quartet No. 6

friday 18 august 2017 - 6:30PM

90 Ocean Street, Woollahra NSW 2025, Australia


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DIVA

Popular Soprano Amelia Farrugia stars in an uplifting celebration of great Australian Divas, June Bronhill and Dame Joan Sutherland. This fabulous concert features repertoire that made them famous and will also showcase original compositions by Australian composer, Elena Kats-Chernin. 

Interspersed with stories of their life and career, told by script-writer and compere Guy Noble, Amelia will perform songs and arias from Opera and Operetta including Faust, La Traviata, La Rondine, Manon, The Merry Widow, Orpheus in the Underworld, Die Fledermaus and the role that Sutherland and Bronhill both sang at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Lucia di Lammermoor. 

Aria Award-Winning Music Director Tamara Anna Cislowska plays the Piano, joined by Acacia Quartet and small Choir.

friday 25 august 2017 - 7:30PM

City Recital Hall, Angel Place


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3rd Australian international piano competition 2017, grand final

Three competitors will each perform a Chopin concerto with string quintet accompaniment chosen from:

  • No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, OR 

  • No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Sunday 17 september 2017, 1:30pm

The Australian National University, School of Music, Canberra


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Opera in the vineyards

Indulge your senses with an evening of elegance and sophistication at a stunning new venue - Chateau Elan.

Located on a secluded 100-acre property in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region, this award-winning venue provides the perfect escape with charming views and first-class facilities.  Guests can enjoy excellent dinner packages, accommodation, a championship golf course designed by Greg Norman, spa and beauty salon, plus a very well-stocked whisky bar.

To celebrate the new home,  two of our best and most-loved opera stars, international soprano Cheryl Barker and popular baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, will excite and delight you with their breathtaking voices and charismatic stage presence. Joining them will be gifted international flautist Jane Rutter and Maestro Guy Noble from ABC Classic FM, who will conduct the proceedings and accompany the artists on piano, supported by the rich tones of Acacia Quartet.

Tickets are limited and seating will fill fast, so book early to ensure your premium seats!

saturday 14 october 2017

Chateau Elan Hunter Valley, 1 Vintage Drive, Rothbury NSW 2320


 

ACACIA PRESENTS rhythm & Texture

Golijov - Tenebrae, Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 7, Op. 108, Chan - Andante Moderato, Alvarez - Metro Chabacano — Ravel - String Quartet

SUNDAY 29 october 2017 - 3PM

Sydney Opera House - Utzon Room, Sydney NSW, Australia

thursday 02 November 2017 - 6:30PM

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

SaturDAY 04 november 2017 - 6:30PM

Melbourne Recital Centre - Salon, Melbourne VIC, Australia


LIVE AT LUNCH

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


ALBURY CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

FRIDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2017 - 7pm

St Matthew's Anglican Church, 520 Kiewa St, Albury NSW 2640, Australia