Guest Speaker Rod Oram
Violin Zosia Herlihy-O’Brien,
Violin Weihong Yi
Viola Cecile McNeill
Cello Vincent Chen
Gillian Whitehead New work in response to Beethoven’s late string quartets
Beethoven String Quartet in D Major Op.18 No.3 (mvts I & II)
This free event features a new, specially commissioned Beethoven-inspired work performed alongside a known work, and the chance to delve deeper into the fascinating life and times of Beethoven.
In the last few years of his life, Beethoven concentrated on string quartets to the exclusion of almost all else. Most of his contemporaries thought these late quartets incomprehensible. Dame Gillian Whitehead disagrees, answering Beethoven’s rarefied questions with her own new utterance.
In his talk, Rod Oram will speak to three key aspects of Beethoven’s life (and music): his intense involvement with nature; with politics and revolution; and with ageing. Rod will weave these together with his musings on Beethoven’s and Gillian Whitehead’s music.
The concert rounds off with two movements from Beethoven’s String Quartet Op.18 No.3 performed by the talented APO Young Achievers.
Please note: Beethoven String Quartet in D Major replaces the previously advertised Beethoven Grosse Fuge