Thursday, March 15th, 2018 - Australian String Quartet

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15 March, 2018

To celebrate Earth Hour 2018, two South Australian institutions have teamed up to help aid the plight of the mother planet by co-presenting an environmentally low-impact evening of high-impact music. The Australian String Quartet (ASQ) and the South Australian Museum, with guidance from Carbon Neutral Adelaide, have put together a list of guidelines for the event which includes cutting out all non-essential electricity, a paperless marketing and operations strategy, paperless entry, sustainable catering, and zero-emissions transport to-and-from the venue.

Close Quarters: Earth Hour will take place during Earth Hour where the South Australian Museum, along with over 6 million fellow Australians, will turn off their lights as a symbol of support to protect our planet for future generations.

Launched by World Wildlife Fund-Australia in 2007, Earth Hour has become the world’s biggest grassroots environmental movement where landmarks and communities switch off their lights to show their support for a brighter future for the planet. Now celebrated in over 170 countries, 7,000 cities, with roughly 1 in 4 Australians taking part, Earth Hour has one mission: to unite people to show they care about our planet’s future.

Close Quarters: Earth Hour is part of the ASQ’s mission to break down the barriers of classical music, presenting music new and old in casual, intimate settings, at prices comparable to a night at the movies. The concerts, 60 minutes in length, provide the flexibility for music-lovers of all kinds to include an exquisite music experience into their nightly activities.

“Bringing people together to listen to music without the need for electricity is a fun way to celebrate our Earth, in the ideal surroundings of the South Australian Museum. What better way to pass the time in the dark than to make use of your heightened senses?” Stephen King - viola.

“The music that we play is one of the few artforms that doesn’t require power to make a wonderful sound. The string quartet often sounds best in a smaller space, which is why we enjoy performing in Close Quarters venues so much.” Sharon Grigoryan – cello.

This isn’t the first time the ASQ and South Australian Museum have joined forces. In 2017 they co-presented performances for Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia with William Barton.

Close Quarters: Earth Hour with the ASQ
Saturday 24th March, South Australian Museum
Doors open 7:45pm, performance at 8:15pm
Tickets from asq.com.au

 

For further information: ASQ Marketing and Communications Manager Samuel Jozeps on 0429 645 435 [email protected].

 

AUSTRALIAN STRING QUARTET BIOGRPAHY

 

For over 30 years, the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) has created unforgettable string quartet performances for national and international audiences. Dedicated to musical excellence with a distinctly Australian character, the Quartet’s purpose is to create chemistry and amplify intimacy through experiences that connect people with string quartet music.

From its home base at the University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music, the ASQ reaches out across Australia and the world to engage people with an outstanding program of performances, workshops, commissions and education projects. The Quartet’s distinct sound is enhanced by a matched set of 18th century Guadagnini instruments, handcrafted by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini between c.1743 and 1784 in Turin and Piacenza, Italy. These precious instruments are on loan for the ASQ’s exclusive use through the generosity of UKARIA.

Dale Barltrop plays a 1784 Guadagnini Violin, Turin
Francesca Hiew plays a 1748-49 Guadagnini Violin, Piacenza
Stephen King plays a 1783 Guadagnini Viola, Turin
Sharon Grigoryan plays a c.1743 Guadagnini Violoncello, Piacenza, 'Ngeringa'

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Australian String Quartet


For over 30 years, the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) has created unforgettable string quartet performances for national and international audiences. Dedicated to musical excellence with a distinctly Australian character, its purpose is to create chemistry and amplify intimacy through experiences that connect people with string quartet music.

From their home base at the University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music, the ASQ reach out across Australia and the world to engage people with an outstanding program of performances, workshops, commissions and education projects. Their distinct sound is enhanced by a matched set of 18th century Guadagnini instruments, handcrafted by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini between c.1743 and 1784 in Turin and Piacenza, Italy. These precious instruments are on loan for the Quartet's exclusive use through the generosity of UKARIA.

Dale Barltrop plays a 1784 Guadagnini Violin, Turin.
Francesca Hiew plays a 1748-49 Guadagnini Violin, Piacenza.
Stephen King plays a 1783 Guadagnini Viola, Turin.

Sharon Grigoryan plays a c.1743 Guadagnini Violoncello, Piacenza, ‘Ngeringa’.

Samuel Jozeps
P: +61 (08) 83131779
M: 0429 645 436
W: www.asq.com.au

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