Brentano String Quartet heads to New Zealand then home to the USA
We bid farewell to the Brentano String Quartet yesterday as they traveled across the Tasman for a week of concerts in New Zealand.
We really enjoyed having these superb musicians in Australia, not only giving fantastic concerts but also taking time out to impart their wisdom in several masterclasses around the country. The Amadeus Society, esteemed individuals who have joined together to support the extraordinary artistic initiatives of Musica Viva, also had a chance to see the lighter side of the Brentano String Quartet, in a progarm including dances by Dvorak and Shostakovich, an arrangement of Bernstein’s “I feel pretty” from Westside Story, and an arrangement of Robert Pete Williams’s “I’ve grown so ugly.”
In one of those unexpected moments that sometimes just happen, the Brentanos also had a run in with some confrontational artwork. Running early for an appointment at Musica Viva’s Sydney office, they decided to have a brief look around the independent art gallery next door, where they were greeted by paintings of nude men in interesting poses. They laughed it off however, and were in good spirits for their Meet the Staff and live Twitter interview, which you can download as a podcast here.
We wish the Brentano String Quartet all the best, especially cellist Nina who has been touring the country while seven months pregnant and returns home just a few weeks before the new arrival is due.