Chamber Music Concerts (CMC) opens the 2019-20 season with the New Zealand String Quartet on Friday, October 4 at 7:30pm and Saturday, October 5 at 3pm at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall. Friday’s concert will feature music by Haydn, Body, Bartók, and Smetana; Saturday’s performance includes works by Janáček, Bach, Harris, Body, and Mozart. Tickets are $35/$42, with a special price of only $5 for full-time university students, children 8+ years, and Oregon Trail Card holders. To purchase tickets, visit ChamberMusicConcerts.org, where you may choose your seats, or call the Box Office at 541-552-6154 or 541-552-6348. Don’t miss the pre-concert lectures at 6:30pm on Friday and 2pm on Saturday in Room 132 of the Music Building. (Please contact Jody Schmidt at 541-552-6154 for accessibility options.)
The New Zealand Quartet will also present a preview/Q&A on Friday, October 4 at 12:30pm at the SOU Music Recital Hall, which is free and open to the public.
Celebrating a remarkable career over 30 seasons, the New Zealand String Quartet enjoys acclaim for its insightful and exciting interpretations in live performances across five continents, its imaginative programming across a wide spectrum of repertoire and collaborations, and its powerful connection with audiences of all kinds.
Hailed in The Strad for its “terrific verve and precision” and in The New York Times for its “uncommon eloquence”, the Quartet has cultivated an unusually rich repertoire, including a wide variety of works by New Zealand composers, contemporary works by Asian composers, the classical cycles of Beethoven, Bartok, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Berg.
Acclaimed performances in London's Wigmore Hall and the City of London Festival, in New York at the Frick Collection, and in Washington's Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium have led to regular touring in the UK, Europe and North America. The Quartet has also toured in Mexico, Curaçao, Japan, Korea, and China, and made many visits to Australia, including the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville and the Canberra International Music Festival. Much loved by audiences in New Zealand, the country's premier chamber ensemble presents a vast array of concerts in venues large and small all over the country each year.