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WELCOME TO FLINDERS QUARTET'S 2018 SEASON

The wondrous thing about music is that every time it is played, it changes and regenerates.

In 2018, we are investigating every aspect of Mendelssohn’s music we could squeeze into our series: his string quartets, his songs, and the quintessential A Midsummer Night’s Dream incidental music. We present Mendelssohn’s music with some changed, some regenerated, and as inspiration for new compositions.

If you love string quartets and great music as much as we do, join us for the next adventure.

CONCERT PROGRAMS

February 2018: Must It Be? (Muss es sein?)

July 2018: Midsummer Mendelssohn Gala

November 2018: Is It True? (Ist es wahr?)

Feb-Nov 2018: Collins Street Series

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Venues and Booking Information

Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

Wednesday 28 February, 7.00pm
Thursday 8 November, 7.00pm
(co-presented with Melbourne Recital Centre)

Bookings: Melbourne Recital Centre (03) 9699 3333 melbournerecital.com.au

Two Concert Subscriptions: Standard $85 / Concession $68
Single Tickets: Standard $50 / Concession $40
(transaction & delivery fees may apply)

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Montsalvat

Sunday 25 February, 2.30pm (Barn Gallery)
Sunday 22 July, 2.30pm (Upper Gallery)
Sunday 11 November, 2.30pm (Barn Gallery)

Bookings: Melbourne Recital Centre (03) 9699 3333 melbournerecital.com.au

Three Concert Subscriptions: Standard $111 / Concession $90
Single Tickets: Standard $45 / Concession $35
(transaction & delivery fees may apply)

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Hawthorn Arts Centre

Thursday 26 July, 7.30pm

Bookings: Hawthorn Arts Centre (03) 9278 4770
hawthornartscentre.com.au

Tickets: Standard $50 / Concession $40
(transaction & delivery fees may apply)

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Collins Street Baptist Church

Tuesday 27 February, 1.00pm
Tuesday 24 July, 1.00pm
Tuesday 13 November, 1.00pm

Bookings: Melbourne Recital Centre (03) 9699 3333 melbournerecital.com.au

Three Concert Subscriptions: Standard $99 / Concession $72
Single Tickets: Standard $38 / Concession $28
(transaction & delivery fees may apply)

Click here for program information

 

MUST IT BE?

(Muss es sein?)

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MUST IT BE? (Muss es sein?)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet No. 18 in A major, K.464  

Felix Mendelssohn Four lieder arranged for string quartet by John Rotar
Op. 57: No. 5 Venetianisches Gondellied
Op. 34: No. 2 Auf Flügeln des Gesanges
Op. 8: No. 8 Hexenlied
Op. 9: No. 1 Frage

John Rotar V Večernih

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135

Emerging composer, John Rotar, brought the house down with his piece, V Večernih as part of FQ’s 2016 composer developmentworkshop. Launching the year’s focus on Mendelssohn, FQ has commissioned John to arrange some of Mendelssohn’s songs for string quartet. Included will be Frage, upon which Mendelssohn based his Op. 13 quartet (being performed in Program Three). Immensely talented with a vivacity and clarity in his writing, John Rotar is soon to become a well-known name.

Beethoven’s string quartets are more than a cornerstone of the string quartet canon, and their importance in the musical landscape cannot be understated. His final string quartet, Op. 135 which bears the inscription “Muss es Sein?” acts as an apt bookend to Mozart’s crystalline K.464.

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Concert Dates

ELTHAM Sunday 25 February, 2.30pm BOOK NOW
MELBOURNE* Tuesday 27 February, 1.00pm BOOK NOW
SOUTHBANK Wednesday 28 February, 7.00pm BOOK NOW
SYDNEY^ Friday 2 March, 8.00pm BOOK NOW

* Collins Street series (one-hour program)
^ Program: Mozart, Mendelssohn, Beethoven
 

Nicholas Waters, violin

Nicholas Waters, violin

MIDSUMMER MENDELSSOHN GALA

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MIDSUMMER MENDELSSOHN GALA
with guest artist, Chris Moore (viola and narrator)

Felix Mendelssohn Arrangement of A Midsummer Night’s Dream incidental music by Iain Grandage, intertwined with text from Shakespeare’s play; Chris Moore (narrator)

Calvin Bowman The Curly Pyjama Letters; Chris Moore (narrator)

Johannes Brahms Viola Quintet No. 2 in G major Op. 111; Chris Moore (viola)

William Hennessy once said that all musicians possess a little of the actor within them. FQ takes this one step further, giving Chris Moore the dual role of Puck and violist. (We always knew that if Puck played an instrument, it would be the viola!) Iain Grandage, together with the quartet and Chris, reimagine Mendelssohn’s score with the support of dramaturge, Kirsty Hillhouse, in a concert that will grab the imagination. As a little entrée, Chris will narrate Leunig’s poignant The Curly Pyjama Letters with Calvin Bowman’s accompanying score. Commissioned and premiered by FQ in 2012, its delightful quirkiness has struck a chord with audiences.

Juxtaposing this is the purely romantic, melodic world of Brahms. Described as a man “steeped in force”, Brahms’ G major quintet brings us back to the purity of music with musicianship of the highest order.

Chris Moore’s participation is generously supported by Yvonne von Hartel AM and Robert Peck AM peckvonhartel architects

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Concert Dates

ELTHAM Sunday 22 July, 2.30pm BOOK NOW
MELBOURNE* Tuesday 24 July, 1.00pm BOOK NOW
HAWTHORN Thursday 26 July, 7.30pm BOOK NOW
SYDNEY Sunday 29 July, 3.30pm ON SALE SOON

* Collins Street series (one-hour program)
 

Helen Ireland, viola (photo credit: Pia Johnson)

Helen Ireland, viola (photo credit: Pia Johnson)

IS IT TRUE?

( Ist es wahr ?)

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IS IT TRUE? (Ist es wahr?)

Felix Mendelssohn Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81, No. 2 and 3

Andrew Ford String Quartet No. 6 Jointly commissioned for Flinders Quartet by David and Kaye Birks and Julian Burnside AO QC

Felix Mendelssohn String Quartet Op.13 in A minor

Mendelssohn was fascinated by Beethoven as a teenager and his Op. 13 string quartet draws on inspiration from this great master, as well as his own song Frage which asks the question “Ist es wahr?”. Fast forward to the 21st century Australia and we have Andrew Ford’s sixth string quartet - one movement of which bears the title Sunrise with Wedding Dresses and depicts refugee, Raghda sewing wedding dresses and full of desperate hope for her infant daughter. Pairing Ford and Mendelssohn brings 19th century Berlin right next to 21st century Melbourne. In fact, it does more than that: it reminds us that music represents a time, a place and marks history in the most extraordinarily pertinent way.

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Concert Dates

SOUTHBANK Thursday 8 November, 7.00pm BOOK NOW
ELTHAM Sunday 11 November, 2.30pm BOOK NOW
MELBOURNE* Tuesday 13 November, 1.00pm BOOK NOW

* Collins Street series (one-hour program)
 

Zoe Knighton, cello

Zoe Knighton, cello

COLLINS STREET SERIES

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COLLINS STREET SERIES

In a series becoming more and more popular, our one hour Collins Street concerts serve a digestible size of glorious music in the middle of the day, with some of the best acoustics in Melbourne.

CONCERT 1 - Tuesday 27 February, 1.00pm

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135

Felix Mendelssohn Four lieder arranged for string quartet by John Rotar
Op. 57: No. 5 Venetianisches Gondellied
Op. 34: No. 2 Auf Flügeln des Gesanges
Op. 8: No. 8 Hexenlied
Op. 9: No. 1 Frage


CONCERT 2 - Tuesday 24 July, 1.00pm
with guest viola: Chris Moore

Johannes Brahms Viola Quintet No. 2 in G major Op. 111

 

CONCERT 3 - Tuesday 13 November, 1.00pm

Felix Mendelssohn Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81, No. 2 and 3

Felix Mendelssohn String Quartet Op. 13 in A minor

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Come early to our Collins Street Series concerts and enjoy a pre concert from 12.40pm to 12.50pm by student and amateur ensembles. Flinders Quartet's performance will commence at 1.00pm.

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Collins Street Baptist Church

174 Collins Street, Melbourne

Three Concert Subscriptions: Standard $99 / Concession $72
Single Tickets: Standard $38 / Concession $28

ON SALE NOW!
Bookings: Melbourne Recital Centre (03) 9699 3333 melbournerecital.com.au

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melbourne recital centre 'local heroes' series

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MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE 'LOCAL HEROES' SERIES

Our two-concert series in Melbourne Recital Centre's sublime Salon, as part of 'Local Heroes'.

MUST IT BE? (Muss es sein?) - Wednesday 28 February, 7.00pm

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet No. 18 in A major, K.464  

Felix Mendelssohn Four lieder arranged for string quartet by John Rotar
Op. 57: No. 5 Venetianisches Gondellied
Op. 34: No. 2 Auf Flügeln des Gesanges
Op. 8: No. 8 Hexenlied
Op. 9: No. 1 Frage

John Rotar V Večernih

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135


IS IT TRUE? (Ist es wahr?) - Thursday 8 November, 7.00pm

Felix Mendelssohn Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81, No. 2 and 3

Andrew Ford String Quartet No. 6 Jointly commissioned for Flinders Quartet by David and Kaye Birks and Julian Burnside AO QC

Felix Mendelssohn String Quartet Op. 13 in A minor

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Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon

cnr Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Southbank

 

Two Concert Subscriptions: Standard $85 / Concession $68

Single Tickets: Standard $50 / Concession $40

Bookings: Melbourne Recital Centre online or (03) 9699 3333

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MONTSALVAT SERIES

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MONTSALVAT SERIES

Our three-concert series at Montsalvat in Eltham

MUST IT BE? (Muss es sein?)
Sunday 25 February, 2.30pm - Barn Gallery

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet No. 18 in A major, K.464  

Felix Mendelssohn Four lieder arranged for string quartet by John Rotar
Op. 57: No. 5 Venetianisches Gondellied
Op. 34: No. 2 Auf Flügeln des Gesanges
Op. 8: No. 8 Hexenlied
Op. 9: No. 1 Frage

John Rotar V Večernih

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135

 

MIDSUMMER MENDELSSOHN GALA
Sunday 22 July, 2.30pm - Upper Gallery
with guest artist, Chris Moore (viola and narrator)

Felix Mendelssohn Arrangement of A Midsummer Night’s Dream incidental music by Iain Grandage, intertwined with text from Shakespeare’s play; Chris Moore (narrator)

Calvin Bowman The Curly Pyjama Letters; Chris Moore (narrator)

Johannes Brahms Viola Quintet No. 2 in G major Op. 111; Chris Moore (viola)

 

IS IT TRUE? (Ist es wahr?)
Sunday 11 November, 2.30pm - Barn Gallery

Felix Mendelssohn Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81, No. 2 and 3

Andrew Ford String Quartet No. 6 Jointly commissioned for Flinders Quartet by David and Kaye Birks and Julian Burnside AO QC

Felix Mendelssohn String Quartet Op. 13 in A minor

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MONTSALVAT

7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham

 

Three Concert Subscriptions: Standard $111 / Concession $90

Single Tickets: Standard $45 / Concession $35

ON SALE NOW!
Bookings: Melbourne Recital Centre online or (03) 9699 3333

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