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The NZSQ boasts two new strings to its city con­cert bow

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

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.

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