To launch their 70th anniversary season, the Sydney Mozart Society invited Flinders Quartet and special guest clarinet player Lloyd Van’t Hoff to perform a piece from Mozart and one from each of his composer contemporaries Schubert and Beethoven.
Inspired by the gift of Wendy Lesser’s biography of Dmitri Shostakovich and his string quartets, Flinders Quartet again joined forces with Richard Piper to curate a selection of movements from these fifteen quartets to illuminate the shape and sound of the composer’s life and career. Referencing their previous collaboration of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Piper quotes the memoir comparing Shostakovich’s quartets to Shakespeare’s sonnets in their intimate emotion.
To finish up their July 2018 program, Flinders Quartet and guest violist Chris Moore performed a lively concert mixing music and theatre. It’s a charming play with text to add narration to the Quartet’s performance and movement in time with the music. The three pieces comprising this concert were distinct but carried a thread of life and joy throughout.