2. STRINGS IN
Enso is Japanese for the zen painting of the circle. The Enso String Quartet is music for ‘‘staggeringly brilliant’’ and performs in the Regent on Broadway this Sunday.
Grammy nominated classical musicians the Enso String Quartet grace the Regent on Broadway stage this Sunday evening.
Renowned as one of America’s most accomplished and inventive young ensembles, the concert features a new work by Kiwi composer Alex Taylor, as well as one of the Ginastera quartets for which the group received its Grammy nomination. The piece also acknowledges the Argentinian composer’s 100th anniversary.
Cellist Richard Belcher, who hails from Christchurch, is looking forward to performing ‘‘at home’’.
‘‘We mostly tour in the United States and Europe so it’s great to come back to New Zealand and perform concerts with friends and family in the audience. It’s special for me to show the others where I come from. I’m sure they’re sick of hearing me talk about New Zealand.’’
First violinist Maureen Nelson was aboard for the 2012 tour, but viola player Melissa Reardon was on maternity leave, while second violinist Ken Hamao had yet to join the quartet.
Richard describes selecting the programme for Sunday’s concert as akin to choosing amenu for a special dinner.
‘‘We create the programme with different ‘courses’. The Haydn quartet is a clean and beautiful work, and then we have Ginastera’s second quartet – it’s energising and muscular, while Sibelius’ quartet Intimate Voices offers an insight into the composer.’’
He says the specially commissioned a coincidence of surfaces II by Alex Taylor, is bound to be a concert highlight.
The Enso String Quartet plays the Regent on Broadway this Sunday 22, at 5pm with bookings through ticketdirect.co.nz, 350 2100 or 0800 224 224. See chambermusic.co.nz/enso
They hail from Yale University in the USA – Melissa Reardon (viola), Maureen Nelson (violin), Kiwi Richard Belcher (cello) and Ken Hamao (violin) are the Enso String Quartet.