Public Transport Update: Sydney buses will be diverting and missing stops between 12.45pm and 2pm on Saturday, 20 Nov due to a Police operation taking place in the CBD. Please take this into consideration when travelling to City Recital Hall. You can see transport times and plan your trip here.


A concert where pianist Bernadette Harvey and the Goldner String Quartet share the stage is a concert that’s simply not to be missed. With each musician at the very top of their game, audiences are in for an evening of divine music-making, made even more special in light of the Goldners’ disrupted tour for Musica Viva Australia earlier this year. Sydney and Newcastle audiences are therefore in for a treat with this special one-off concert.

Dvorak’s String Quartet in F Major, 'American', will open proceedings, a masterpiece of the quartet repertoire and a work that the Goldners have performed to great acclaim. Composed during Dvorak’s time in America and incorporating elements of American folk music, it nevertheless remains some of the composer’s most intensely Czech music. In fact, it was written during his summer holiday in the Iowan town Spillville, which was then home to a large Czech immigrant community. Dvorak’s contentment amongst his compatriots is reflected in the quartet, which is full of an ease and vitality that lifts the spirits.

Harvey will then join the Goldners for Schumann’ Piano Quintet in E-flat, one of the jewels of the chamber music repertoire. “Full of strength and freshness”, Clara Schumann said of her husband’s composition, which was written for her to perform as a pianist of formidable skill. The quintet is the crowning achievement of Schumann’s ‘chamber music year’, 1842, which saw him produce three string quartets, a piano quartet, and works for piano trio. The quintet distinguishes itself by its endlessly inventive nature, balancing a sense of exaltation with a more delicate lyricism.

 

Meet the Artists

We are pleased to announce that the Goldner String Quartet and Bernadette Harvey will be participating in an onstage Meet the Artists session on Saturday 20th November. The event will be hosted by Artistic Director Paul Kildea at City Recital Hall directly after the 2pm concert. To participate, simply remain in your seats after the performance.

Read the concert program below or download it here.

Goldner String Quartet

DENE OLDING VIOLIN
DIMITY HALL VIOLIN
IRINA MOROZOVA VIOLA
JULIAN SMILES CELLO

BERNADETTE HARVEY PIANO

DVOŘÁK String Quartet no 12 in F major, op 96 ‘American’ (1893)

I Allegro ma non troppo
II Lento
III Molto vivace
IV Finale: Vivace ma non troppo

SCHUMANN Piano Quartet in E-flat major, op 44 (1842)

I Allegro brillant
II In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largamente
III Scherzo: Molto vivace
IV Allegro ma non troppo

To our Ensemble Patrons Stephen and Michele Johns and Anonymous for their support of this tour.

And to our Concert Champions:

  • Kim Williams AM and Catherine Dovey, and Kay Vernon (Sydney)

Performance Details

Dates & Times

City Recital Hall, Sydney   15 Nov 7PM
City Recital Hall, Sydney   20 Nov 2PM
Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle   22 Nov 7:30pm

Location

Multiple Venues

Please check the venue in your city when booking tickets.

Event notes

Existing Ticketholders

For ticketholders to Chopin's Piano, your tickets will be automatically valid for this replacement concert so there's no need for you to do anything. We look forward to seeing you on Monday 15 November at 7pm and Saturday 20 November at 2pm in Sydney or 22 November at 7.30pm in Newcastle.

If you are no longer able to attend or have any other queries, please contact the Box Office on 1800 688 482 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm AEDT) or via email at boxoffice@musicaviva.com.au to discuss alternative arrangements.