Partridge String Quartet & James Morley

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Musica Viva Australia’s current FutureMakers, the brilliant Partridge Quartet, are sure to wow audiences with this knockout of a program. Joined by guest violinist Jos Jonker and cellist James Morley, the players’ preternatural rapport, formidable musicianship, and gusto for performance will make this an unforgettable experience.

The concert opens with Holly Harrison’s Balderdash, commissioned for the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and receiving another well-deserved hearing here. A highly theatrical piece, Balderdash explores musical ideas inspired by the electric guitar, including distortion, white noise, and power-chords. Making use of punk-rock rhythms, dissonance, and percussive-based jams, it encourages the traditional string quartet to behave like something of a rock band, interrupting, challenging, and engaging in one-upmanship with each other. Influences as disparate as bluegrass, grunge, prog-rock, metal, and disco coalesce into something utterly unique.

Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major couldn’t be more different. The composer’s final chamber work, it is simply sublime and symphonic in scope, helping to redefine at time of writing what a small string ensemble could accomplish. Impassioned and serene in equal measure, the work constantly shifts in tone, mood, and colour, but never loses its sense of quiet beauty.

"We’ve now heard Balderdash eight times, and it’s still a revelation every time and will be, I’m sure, every time it’s played from now on."
— Leta Keens, Silo Collective co-ordinator
"Here the instruments are often pushing boundaries and produce sounds more akin to popular music."
— Patricia Di Risio, Stage Whispers

JAMES MORLEY Guest cello

Partridge String Quartet

JOS JONKER Guest violin

HARRISON Balderdash
SCHUBERT String Quintet in C major

Concert Champions: 

Tuesday 1 March, Melbourne – The Musica Viva Victorian Committee 
Saturday 5 March, Melbourne – Continuo Syndicate 

Download the program guide here, or view it below.

Event and Ticketing Details

Dates & Times

Melbourne   1 March 7pm
Melbourne   5 March 7pm



31 Sturt Street, Southbank VIC 3006

Event notes

Existing Ticketholders

For Melbourne ticketholders to Karin Schaupp & the Flinders Quartet, your tickets will be automatically valid for this replacement concert so there's no need for you to do anything. 

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