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MSO: Shining Strings: The Art of the Quartet

July 23 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

$47 – $101

The beauty and personality of this treasured family of instruments, led by MSO Concertmaster Dale Barltrop.


Henry Purcell The Fairy Queen (selections)

Benjamin Britten Les Illuminations

Maurice Ravel – arr. Gail Aitken String Quartet in F, arranged for string orchestra

Due to a change in the repertoire for this program, Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony and Vasks’ Cantabile for Strings will no longer be performed.

About the concert

Selections from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, a semi-opera based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream open this charming program. Benjamin Britten, a giant of English composition, composed his song cycle Les Illuminations with text taken from a collection by French poet Arthur Rimbaud. Multi-musically-skilled MSO Double Bassist Stephen Newton performs this cycle as a tenor soloist. Ravel’s beloved String Quartet in F has been arranged for string orchestra by Queensland Symphony Orchestra violinist Gail Aitken. This playful piece of French impressionism is the musical equivalent of a Renoir or Monet – shimmering brightness, refreshing spontaneity, and joyful musical colour – making this one of the most adored works in the classical repertoire.

Saturday 23 July 2022 7.30pm; MRC, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall

Duration: 1 hour (no interval)


Premium $101 ($96 Concession)
A Reserve $85 ($80 Concession)
B Reserve $63 ($58 Concession)
C Reserve $52 ($47 Concession)

Packages available via the MSO website


July 23
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$47 – $101
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