Ex­otic dance mu­sic fea­tures

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - Tick­ets for the Quar­tet’s 7.30pm ‘tango’ con­cert at St An­drews in the City on Church St next Wed­nes­day March 23 are avail­able through Eventfinda or at the door on the night.

Tango. The evoca­tive and ex­otic Ar­gen­tinian dance mu­sic fea­tures in con­cert cour­tesy of the Aroha String Quar­tet next Wed­nes­day.

Tango Bal­let Suite, a mu­si­cal street drama in six scenes for string quar­tet by Ar­gen­tinian tango mas­ter As­tor Pi­az­zolla, is at the cen­tre of a colour­ful pro­gramme be­ing per­formed at St An­drew’s in the City at 7.30pm.

The piece is framed by Haydn’s vi­va­cious String Quar­tet in G Op. 33/5 and Men­delssohn’s tragic and tur­bu­lent fi­nal quar­tet No 6 in F mi­nor Op. 80.

Round­ing out the pro­gramme is Whakatipua, a beau­ti­ful work by Kiwi com­poser An­thony Ritchie in­spired by the moun­tain land­scape of Cen­tral Otago.

Founded in 2004, this ver­sa­tile Welling­ton-based quar­tet is known for its pas­sion­ate mu­si­cal­ity, im­pres­sive tech­nique, and mul­ti­cul­tural in­no­va­tion. Now firmly es­tab­lished as one of New Zealand’s finest cham­ber mu­sic en­sem­bles, the Aroha String Quar­tet has been ac­claimed in Welling­ton’s Do­min­ion Post for ‘‘ac­com­plished bril­liance, soul­ful­ness and sub­lime in­ten­sity in per­fect bal­ance and tonal unity’’.

Com­mit­ted to pre­sent­ing string quar­tet works from western clas­si­cal and avant-garde reper­toire, tra­di­tional Chi­nese folk mu­sic, as well as larger scale works through col­lab­o­ra­tions with other high-pro­file mu­si­cians, the Aroha String Quar­tet tours to all cor­ners of the coun­try, and has per­formed off-shore in Aus­tralia, China and Europe.

Of late, the four­some have been per­form­ing reg­u­larly in Palmer­ston North. Their last con­cert visit was in May for the Lil­burn cen­te­nary.

Cel­list Robert Ibell grew up and re­ceived his early mu­si­cal educ­tion in the city. With fel­low Quar­tet mem­bers, vi­o­lin­ists Hai­hong Liu and Simeon Broom, Robert is a mem­ber of the New Zealand Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, and has been a guest artist for the Sun­day Mati­nee Con­cert Se­ries.

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The Aroha String Quar­tet, (clock­wise top left) Robert Ibell, Simeon Broome, Zhongx­ian Jin and Hai­hong Liu are reg­u­lar vis­i­tors to Palmer­ston North.

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