Audience favourite the Acacia Quartet presents String Quartets by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Lyle Chan and Ludwig van Beethoven. Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel was an extraordinarily gifted musician. She had a very passionate personality, apparent in her only String Quartet in E-flat major. Although encouraged as a performer and composer during her childhood, she was not able to pursue a career in music but had to meet expectations of her becoming a wife and mother. Lyle Chan’s 4 short pieces are part of his epic String Quartet ‘An AIDS Activist’s Memoir in Music’, remembering all the people he met and worked with during his time as an AIDS activist. Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 135 is the last of his 16 string quartets, written only a few months before his death in March 1827. The last movement has the famous motto: “The difficult resolution–Must it be?–It must be, it must be!”
Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel - String Quartet
Lyle Chan - After Night Vigil
- Dextran Man Pt 3
- Tony-ony Maccaroni Pt's 1 & 2
Ludwig van Beethoven - String Quartet No. 16, Op. 135
In nine years Acacia Quartet have won great respect for their versatile and inventive programs. Acacia have recorded nine albums, with ‘Blue Silence’ earning a nomination for an APRA-AMCOS Art Music ‘Award for Excellence’. Acacia are passionate about supporting Australian composers, working with young musicians, and sharing their love of music with audiences of all ages. Their performances feature regularly on radio stations around the world. Acacia’s engagements in Australia include the Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall Sydney, Melbourne Recital Hall, as well as extensive touring through regional NSW and Victoria. Acacia had their international debut in Vancouver, Canada at the Roundhouse in June 2016. The following year, Acacia Quartet were invited by the Christine Raphael Foundation to give their European debut, where they performed concerts in Berlin and recorded a CD with three string quartets by Günter Raphael, to be released at the end of 2019. Two CDs have just been released at the end of 2018, ‘Muse’ in collaboration with recorder player Alicia Crossley and ‘Imaginations’ with guitarist Matt Withers. Acacia Quartet is proud to be the Ensemble in Residence at the Orange Regional Conservatorium, and featured regional artists for Musica Viva in 2020."
Join us on the last Sunday of the month for the popular Prelude in Tea Sunday concert series, famously featuring a luscious afternoon tea served from 2:30, followed by a 3:30 concert from some of Australia’s best and most exciting small ensembles. Cake from 2:30, Concert at 3:30. A Prelude in Tea concert is the perfect Sunday afternoon out.