SHOSTAKOVICH AS SEEN THROUGH THE LENS OF THE STRING QUARTET
At the Independent Theatre Sunday afternoon 28 July
Flinders Quartet – one of Australia’s outstanding string ensembles –
returns to Sydney’s Independent Theatre in July with a program of selected movements from Shostakovich string quartets.
It's the latest in the tasty, Prelude in Tea Series at North Sydney's spectacular Independent Theatre
- and includes the legendary afternoon tea!
Inspired by Wendy Lesser’s book Music for Silenced Voices, Melbourne’s FLINDERS QUARTET
is pushing creative boundaries with its take on a 21st century Shostakovich cycle:
surmising Shostakovich’s life through his string quartets in a condensed 80-minute concert program.
Together with well-loved director and dramaturge, Richard Piper, Flinders Quartet tell the story of Shostakovich
through the lens of selected harrowing string quartet movements that articulate alienation, oppression, persecution
and the fears of asylum seekers; curated with accompanying projected images and the spoken word.
It’s a story that speaks of a man loyal to his friends (sometimes to a fault) – as well as living in constant fear.
“We wanted to give the audience a different type of experience to one that comes from reading a biography or essay.
Shostakovich was such an intriguing man of many layers and complexities.
"We are experiencing much more of a closeness to him through this project.” says cellist, Zoe Knighton
Is it a 21st century cycle that is playing to an audience of reduced concentration spans?
“Not necessarily,” says Knighton. “This project is intensely immersive.
"Audiences will discover a different perspective to this man and his music and hopefully hear these movements in a fresh way.
"The story centres on his relationship with the Beethoven Quartet and the relationship
between composer and performer and the people around him.
It feels really personal to us entering the music from a musician’s perspective.
The music of Shostakovich remains the heart of the project.”
This is not Flinders’ first foray into mixing the string quartet with other mediums.
Last year’s collaboration with violist Chris Moore produced a poetic ‘multi-media’
Midsummer Night’s Dream gala that wowed audiences and critics alike.
The Quartet has developed an enviable reputation as musicians that are fearless in their pursuit of artistic excellence and inventive projects.
This concert promises to set a new benchmark for innovative chamber music.
The Independent Theatre @ 269 Miller Street, North Sydney
$49 adult, $32 concession/under 30, $22 student, $17 child
www.theindependent.org.au or call (02) 9955 3000