Acacia Quartet presents Blue Silence, the complete string works of Elena Kats-Chernin, at the Utzon Room of the Sydney Opera House. The concert marks Acacia’s debut of their new series at the Sydney Opera House which will continue on July 30 and Nov 9.
Elena Kats-Chernin herself will be presenting this concert, both as the featured composer and as Acacia’s Musical Patron. Acacia have a special relationship with Kats-Chernin having premiered much of her joyful and energetic music. The performance features the whole album of the same name, recorded in 2013.
In 2011, Elena Kats-Chernin heard Acacia Quartet – violinists Lisa Stewart and Myee Clohessy, violist Stefan Duwe and cellist Anna Martin-Scrase – perform her music and asked if they would record her entire works for string quartet. After extensive rehearsals under her supervision, Acacia recorded over 90 minutes of her music on a double CD for Vexation840. The resulting album Blue Silence earned them a nomination for an APRA Arts Music Award for Excellence, 4½ stars and ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Limelight magazine, as well as ABC National Radio’s ‘CD of the Week’. Kats-Chernin’s music combines light-heartedness with melancholy and blends elements of tango, ragtime, cabaret, klezmer and Bach.
Read our interview with Elena Kats-Chernin The Colours of the String Quartet in which she talks about the writing and the making of Blue Silence.
“Dance forms and colours abound in the tracks on Blue Silence … the tango, waltz and Charleston … and there is colour! Blue, pink, silver, burnished silver and black.” – SoundsLikeSydney
Tickets: $30 – $75
Online: sydneyoperahouse.com (search Acacia Quartet) or call the Box Office on (02) 9250 7777