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ASQ; Ives, Westlake, Debussy

Event

ASQ; Ives, Westlake, Debussy

  • Date: Monday, 9 September 2019, 7pm
  • Venue: Adelaide Town Hall — 128 King William St, Adelaide, SA
  • Tickets: Standard: $85 | Concession: $66 | Under 30: $30 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 131246

Event Details

The music of Charles Ives is made of pictures from a long-lost America, depicted with such vivid immediacy that they seem absolutely alive. Through the magic lantern of his musical imagery, this New England world appears like a nostalgic dream – white-painted churches in autumn forests filled with congregations joyously chanting hymns and spirituals.

Not dissimilar to the inquisition that Ives undertakes, Claude Debussy’s quest to liberate sensuality led to a revolution in French musical identity. His string quartet replaces rigid thematic structures with a free flow of colours, motifs and gestures in the search for melodic rapture, realising his decadent dictum, ‘Pleasure is the Law.’

The vibrant colour and energy for which Nigel Westlake is renowned make his eagerly-awaited new work a splendid companion to Debussy and Ives.

Program

Ives String Quartet no 1 From the Salvation Army
Nigel Westlake String Quartet no 3* (World Premiere tour)
Debussy String Quartet op 10

*Commissioned by the Australian String Quartet with generous support from Carl Wood, and Don and Veronica Aldridge.

Featured non-Australian music: Ives, Debussy

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 1800 040 444 or by email to asq@asq.com.au

Featured Australian Works

String quartet No. 3 : Sacred Sky by Nigel Westlake
— performed by Australian String Quartet

Featured artists

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