The NZSQ boasts two new strings to its city concert bow
The New Zealand String Quartet is bringing a new look to a new location in the city.
A new look ensemble in a new venue could prove to be a double draw for chamber music fans.
When the New Zealand String Quartet performs in Palmerston North on August 7, they have opted for historic homestead, Caccia Birch, once the home of New Zealand’s Governor General.
NZSQ manager Christine Argyle said the Heartlands Classics tour was all about taking great music to great venues.
‘‘The Quartet members love to create an ‘up close’ experience; they enjoy talking and engaging with the audience, and this lovely historic house will be perfect for that.’’
For the first time in 21 years, the Quartet has had a change in membership with accomplished Australian violinistMonique Lapins replacing Douglas Beilman, who retired last year after 26 years.
On the Heartland tour, Lapins will be playing a loaned Storioni violin.
Just returned from a tour to the UK, US and Canada, the NZSQ plays music by Haydn and Schubert, the American quartet by Dvorak, and Te Tai-O-Rehua, the Maori name for the Tasman Sea, by Wellingtonbased composer Gareth Farr.
Bookings for the 3pm concert this Sunday are through ticketdirect.co.nz, phone 0800 4 TICKET.