MELBOURNE Thu 08/12/22 7:00PM Athenaeum Studio 2

ONLINE Thu 08/12/22 7:00PM Australian Digital Concert Hall

Athenaeum $32–$44
ADCH Streaming $24

On Tour

HEATHCOTE Tue 29/11/22 8:00PM Heathcote RSL Hall

ELMORE Wed 30/11/22 8:00PM Elmore Memorial Hall

BENDIGO Thu 01/12/22 8:00PM Bendigo Bank Theatre

MT BEAUTY Fri 02/12/22 8:00PM Mount Beauty Community Centre

SWIFTS CREEK Sat 03/12/22 2:30PM Swifts Creek Hall

BRUTHEN Sat 03/12/22 7:30PM Bruthen Mechanics Hall

Three utterly different statements for string quartet to round out our chamber music series for 2022.

We start with a piece that’s often an encore: Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade is the wittiest of string quartet romps. From Italy, it’s off to the UK. Sally Beamish is one of the most accomplished and acclaimed composers of her generation. Her String Quartet No 2 “Opus California” playfully combines subtle homages to America with themes based on Beethoven’s Opus 18 C minor quartet.

25 years after his Opus 18, Beethoven was profoundly deaf and writing profound, searching, intensely original music, which baffled many of his contemporaries. His sixteenth and final completed quartet, Opus 135, typifies Beethoven’s late period in both looking back to the forms of the Baroque and looking forward to previously unimagined harmonies and melodies.

Hugo WOLF Italian Serenade
Sally BEAMISH String Quartet No 2 Op. California (1999)
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN String Quartet in F Op 135

Explore & Discover

Concert Notes: Beethoven’s Last Quartet

Read the program notes for Beethoven’s Last Quartet and understand more of the background to the music in this extraordinary performance.