Acacia Presents….Love Notes

The Acacia Quartet.
The Acacia Quartet.

Sydney based string ensemble the Acacia Quartet presents Love Notes, a concert in their 2015 series called Acacia Presents….

In Love Notes, the Acacia Quartet will perform the music of  Dvorak, Sculthorpe and Borodin along with a narration by Rachel Gregg of 12 Poems by Moravian novelist, poet and playwright Gustav Pfleger-Moravsky (1833 – 1875).

As well, this year Acacia is offering free entry to the ‘Acacia Presents…’ concerts for students under 18, extending a special invitation to children, grandchildren and friends.

Acacia describe the works, saying  “inspired by love, these distinctive works will take you on a special musical journey directly from the composers’ hearts.” 

Antonin Dvorak’s lovesick ‘Cypresses’ were written in 1887 for a student with whom he was completely smitten but who didn’t reciprocate his feelings; she finally married another man and Dvorak ended up marrying her younger sister. Acacia will be joined by the actress Rachel Gregg who will read the translations of the 12 Poems by Gustav Pfleger-Moravsky on which Dvorak based his music.   

Actress and narrator Rachel Gregg
Actress and narrator Rachel Gregg

Peter Sculthorpe adored his mother and wrote the lyrical Left Bank Waltz with her in mind. This piece was originally for piano but has been kindly arranged for Acacia by fellow Australian composer, Ann Carr-Boyd. 

Acacia will finish the concert with one of the most loved quartets of all time, the String Quartet No 2, by the great Russian romantic Aleaxander Borodin, written as an anniversary present to his dear wife. Borodin and his wife were great advocates of women’s rights and founded the first Women’s Medical School in Russia. 

The programme: Dvorak Cypresses’ Love Songs for String Quartet/ Pfleger-Moravsky – 12 Poems, narrated by Rachel Gregg/Sculthorpe Left Bank Waltz arr. Ann Carr-Boyd/Borodin String Quartet No 2.


Click here to buy tickets for the Mosman Art Gallery concert.

Click here to buy tickets for the Australia Hall, Sydney concert.


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