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