First Brentano String Quartet concert tonight in Brisbane
The Brentano String Quartet begins their Australian tour tonight with a concert in Brisbane at the Queensland Conservatorium. The program includes works by Haydn, Tallis, Byrd, Beethoven and Musica Viva’s 2011 featured composer Ian Munro.
So what does an international tour for a string quartet actually involve? The group landed in Brisbane on Tuesday and after a day to rest and deal with jetlag they jumped straight into rehearsals on Wednesday. They’ve been working on Ian Munro’s Quartet ‘From an Exhibition of Australian Woodcuts’ for several months, however yesterday the met with Ian himself to discuss the work and refine their interpretation.
A concert day involves arriving at the venue as much as four hours before the concert for rehearsal, sound balance and lighting checks. The Brentanos are highly articulate speakers as well as intelligent performers, so the Q&A with the artists after tonight’s concert promises to be particularly enlightening.
Tomorrow the artists will impart some of their hard won wisdom on the young musicians of Brisbane, participating in two separate masterclasses at the University of Queensland and Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith Universty. They then travel to Sydney where they will meet the Musica Viva Sydney staff, take part in another live Twitter interview, and possibly even have a glass of champagne with us. Use #asktheartists if you’d like to take part in the Twitter coverage. We welcome any and all questions you may have.