Quar­tet set to sparkle

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music -

CHURCHLANDS Con­cert Hall will be host­ing a con­cert se­ries fea­tur­ing a tal­ented string quar­tet across five months start­ing on May 21.

West Aus­tralian Sym­phony Orches­tra (WASO) as­sis­tant con­cert­mas­ter Semra Lee­smith and for­mer Aus­tralian String Quar­tet mem­ber Sally Boud cre­ated the first con­cert’s pro­gram for the Churchlands Five Con­cert Cham­ber Se­ries.

Pieces in­clud­ing Shostakovich’s No.8, Haydn Quar­tet’s No.4 Sun­rise and We­bern’s Langsamer Sats will be played at the first con­cert.

Artis­tic di­rec­tor Jon Tooby said the string quar­tet con­sisted of two vi­o­lins, a vi­ola and cello, and was one of the more pop­u­lar among cham­ber for­ma­tions.

“There’s an al­most end­less cat­a­logue of work com­posed for the string quar­tet, yet it’s re­ally the qual­ity of com­po­si­tion that sets the String Quar­tet apart from other for­mats,” he said.

“(No. 8 by Shostakovich) is prob­a­bly the most well known of his 15 quar­tets.

“It is a pow­er­ful work with a breadth of emo­tion that will leave you ut­terly spent.”

Semra Lee-smith, Jon Tooby, Sally Boud and Zak Rown­tree.

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