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Musica Viva: Partridge String Quartet and James Morley

March 1, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

$40 – $153


Holly Harrison

Franz Schubert
String Quintet in C

Musica Viva Australia’s current FutureMakers, the brilliant Partridge Quartet, are sure to wow audiences with this knockout of a program.

Joined by guest violinist Jos Jonker and cellist Daniel Smith, the players’ preternatural rapport, formidable musicianship, and gusto for performance will make this an unforgettable experience.

About the concert

The concert opens with Holly Harrison’s Balderdash, commissioned for the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and receiving another well-deserved hearing here. A highly theatrical piece, Balderdash explores musical ideas inspired by the electric guitar, including distortion, white noise, and power-chords. Making use of punk-rock rhythms, dissonance, and percussive-based jams, it encourages the traditional string quartet to behave like something of a rock band, interrupting, challenging, and engaging in one-upmanship with each other. Influences as disparate as bluegrass, grunge, prog-rock, metal, and disco coalesce into something utterly unique.

Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major couldn’t be more different. The composer’s final chamber work, it is simply sublime and symphonic in scope, helping to redefine at time of writing what a small string ensemble could accomplish. Impassioned and serene in equal measure, the work constantly shifts in tone, mood, and colour, but never loses its sense of quiet beauty.

Tuesday 1 March 2022 7pm & Saturday 5 March 7pm 2022

Duration: 1 hours 15 mins (no interval)


Premium $153 ($133 Concession)
A Reserve $122 ($107 Concession)
B Reserve $92 ($80 Concession)
C Reserve $64 ($56 Concession)
Under 40 $40


March 1, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$40 – $153
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Melbourne Recital Centre
Southbank Boulevard
Melbourne, VIC 3004 Australia
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