Crossroads Festival of Chamber Music 2018
THE GLORY OF THE STRING QUARTET and Friends
Under the guidance of Charmian Gadd and with artistic input from Francesca Bell, the support of Central Coast Conservatorium of Music and funding from the Department of Education through the Regional Conservatorium Grants Program, there will be two concerts on the Saturday and two on Sunday with a lunch break in between. Given that this year’s festival is several weeks later than previous ones, the spring weather should encourage picnics in the extensive and lovely grounds of Greenway or forays to some of the seaside restaurants nearby.
In keeping with Charmian’s philosophy of including the young and old, the group Charmian and Friends will feature some exceptional youngsters including Olivia Bell (viola), Wendy Kong (violin) and Hyung Suk Bae (cello).
“I am proud to have inspired the formation of a locally based Quartet, Dan Russell’s Phoenix Collective String Quartet comprising Dan Russell & Eva Li (violins), Ella Brinch (viola) and Caroline Otto (cello). The quartet will become part of a larger group that Dan has already formed and has had great success,” says Charmian. ”Proudly formed for the festival and planning to be the permanent string quartet of the Central Coast, we wish them luck because a professional quartet is a big challenge demanding a huge commitment of time, talent, and tolerance.”
Two other established professional Quartets will also join us, the Acacia Quartet and the Caro Quartet. Charmian will also present a group from the Sydney Conservatorium highly recommended by her friends on the teaching staff there.
Artistic Director, Crossroads Festival of Chamber Music
CONCERT #1 - Saturday 8th September 11.00am
Dedicated to “Papa” Haydn, the father of the string quartet, this concert will feature 3 famous named quartets: Haydn’s “The Lark” and Mozart’s “Dissonant” played by Charmian Gadd & Friends, and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden “ performed by the Phoenix Collective String Quartet.
CONCERT #2 - Saturday 8th September 3.00pm
A concert showcasing the Acacia String Quartet performing Haydn’s Quartet Op.77 No.1 followed by Elena Kats-Chernin’s “From Anna Magdalena’s Notebook”, followed by Beethoven’s Op.18 No.6.
CONCERT #3 - Sunday 9th September 11.00am
A look at instruments and their timbres and ‘colours’ and a few master works written for smaller combinations leading to the quartet & quintet format. The second half will feature a prizewinning young quartet from Sydney Conservatorium playing a Mendelssohn quartet.
CONCERT #4 - Sunday 9th September 3.00pm
The Caro Quartet will play a quartet by Karol Szymanowski, followed by Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet with the addition of Peter Jenkin and a String Quartet by Maurice Ravel.
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