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Coffs Harbour String Quartet Presents Beethoven & Mendelssohn
August 29 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Due to COVID-19, the Sunday Series Concert planned for August 15 has been postponed. This presents an opportunity for the Coffs Harbour String Quartet to offer their inaugural performance on August 29, showcasing two jewels of the string quartet repertoire, Beethoven’s Op. 59 Quartet in C Major and Mendelssohn’s Op. 13 Quartet in A Minor. Coffs Con Artistic Director, Patrick Brearley joins forces with Coffs Con violin teacher, Annabelle Swainston, cellist Caleb Murray and violinist, Jennen Ngiau-Keng.
The concert offers an hour-long program, opening with the joyful first movement of Beethoven’s Quartet. This piece unveils an often forgotten side of Beethoven’s compositions with happiness and carefree melodies in the first and last movement accompanied by two beautiful and gentle middle movements. In contrast, Mendelssohn opens with a melancholic choral that leads directly into a highly dramatic first movement of the A Minor Quartet. This piece was Mendelssohn’s first official quartet that he wrote, though it was published after the Op. 12 Quartet. It’s often regarded as one of the earliest and most significant examples of cyclic form, which explores a theme or melody that reoccurs in more than one movement as a unifying device. This can be heard clearly when the opening choral appears in the last movement bringing one of Mendelssohn’s most dramatic quartets to a close.
Tickets are strictly limited to 38 and physical distancing will be applied among audience members, with non-family members not permitted to sit beside one another and compulsory 1.5 metre spacing between each audience member. The concert will also be live streamed using new equipment made possible by the Commbank Community Grant program, streaming through the Con’s Facebook page.
There is no ticket cost associated with this concert however donations can be made when reserving your ticket on Eventbrite as well as a donations bucket at the door and a donate button on the live stream page to assist with productions costs and musician’s fees. Once these are covered, any extra funds will go directly towards the Con Extension Project, which will see a dedicated Early Childhood Music Space, extra teaching studios and a specialised drum room be built into the adjacent building and existing facilities. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.