Sydney Art Quartet Fuses Music And Art

Great Falls (1975-76) by Sydney Ball, collection of the AGNSW
Great Falls (1975-76) by Sydney Ball, collection of the AGNSW

The Sydney Art Quartet presents The Beloved Colour, a concert in celebration of the great Australian contemporary artist, Sydney Ball (1933–2017), the pioneer of large-scale abstract painting in Australia.

Planned in consultation with Ball’s life partner, fellow artist Lynne Eastaway, the concert takes place at Sullivan + Strumpf on the last day of INFINITEX V, Sydney’s final and never before seen body of work. Classical music was in constant use as a counterpoint and inspiration to Ball’s daily creative process. In the concert line – up are three important quartets by Haydn, Dvořák and Beethoven.

‘It was a privilege to visit Syd’s Glenn Murcutt designed studio and see the role music played in his creative life’, says SAQ Artistic Director James Beck. ‘I was impressed by the discernment and beauty of Syd’s record collection, it shows he loved music and knew what he was listening to – which was only the best’.

The Sydney Art Quartet comprising violinists Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba and Anna Albert, Andrew Jezek, viola and cellist James Beck, is a virtuosic string quartet, whose electrifying performances playfully sidestep routine, cliche and orthodoxy. Currently the ensemble in residence at the Yellow House Kings Cross (former creative commune of Brett Whiteley, Peter Weir & Martin Sharpe), the Sydney Art Quartet produces intimate, multi-sensory works that shine fresh light on great music and the hearts and minds that created it.

Bookings and further information

Performers: Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba, violin/ Anna Albert, violin/ Andrew Jezek, viola/ James Beck, cello & artistic director

Concert Program: Haydn – Quartet Op. 76/5 in D Major / Dvořák – Quartet Op.96 American / Beethoven op 18/4 – Quartet op. 18/4 in c minor

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