...The audience could not have been more satisfied with this debut concert of the Aroha Quartet....
(Margot Hannigan, Nelson Mail)

Mondo Rondo at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival

Come and join the Aroha String Quartet for a musical journey across China and Aotearoa in the beautiful surrounds of the Hamilton Gardens. Moving images will accompany many of the pieces, adding to the magical atmosphere and highlighting this as an event you won’t want to miss. The concert takes place in the Medici Court. Tickets $40 (Concessions $35).

Wednesday, February 26 2020, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Aroha String Quartet
David Farquhar: Dance Suite from 'Ring Around the Moon'
arr. Zhu Jian-Er & Shi Yong-Kang: The Whitehaired Girl 白毛女(施永康, 朱践耳改编)
Farr: Mondo Rondo
Tan Dun: Eight Colours for String Quartet 谭盾 八种颜色
Sam Piper: Dance of the Sidhe
Anthony Ritchie: Whakatipua

Flight for Music Whakatane

Our Flight programme takes wing with one of Haydn's most popular works, his 'Lark' Quartet in D Op 64 No 5. The second piece is String Quartet No 4 by Polish composer Grazyna Bacewicz. This passionate music won her first prize at an international competition for string quartets in 1951. We mark the 75th anniversary of the death of Anton Webern with his brief but exquisite Six Bagatelles Op 9. We finish with Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No 1 in D Op 11, a work full of soaring melodies and heartfelt emotion, famous for its Andante cantabile slow movement. Tickets are available at the door for $30/person, or $25/person for groups of 6+ people.

Sunday, April 26 2020, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Aroha String Quartet
Haydn: String Quartet in D Op 64 No 5 'The Lark'
Bacewicz: String Quartet No 4
Webern: Six Bagatelles Op 9
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No 1 in D Op 11

Flight for Warkworth Music

Our Flight programme takes wing with one of Haydn's most popular works, his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eE8MNYGyoMM|'Lark' Quartet in D Op 64 No 5]]. The second piece is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBPf5_iyZ3o|String Quartet No 4]] by Polish composer Grazyna Bacewicz. This passionate music won her first prize at an international competition for string quartets in 1951. We mark the 75th anniversary of the death of Anton Webern with his brief but exquisite [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELAKF8ZxDmg|Six Bagatelles Op 9]]. We finish with Tchaikovsky's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIZIQ5B-f6g|String Quartet No 1 in D Op 11]], a work full of soaring melodies and heartfelt emotion, famous for its Andante cantabile slow movement.

Sunday, May 3 2020, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Aroha String Quartet
Haydn: String Quartet in D Op 64 No 5 'The Lark'
Bacewicz: String Quartet No 4
Webern: Six Bagatelles Op 9
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No 1 in D Op 11

Our Flight programme takes wing with one of Haydn's most popular works, his 'Lark' Quartet in D Op 64 No 5. The second piece is String Quartet No 4 by Polish composer Grazyna Bacewicz. This passionate music won her first prize at an international competition for string quartets in 1951. We mark the 75th anniversary of the death of Anton Webern with his brief but exquisite Six Bagatelles Op 9. We finish with Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No 1 in D Op 11, a work full of soaring melodies and heartfelt emotion, famous for its Andante cantabile slow movement.

Sunday, May 17 2020, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Aroha String Quartet
Haydn: String Quartet in D Op 64 No 5 'The Lark'
Bacewicz: String Quartet No 4
Webern: Six Bagatelles Op 9
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No 1 in D Op 11

Phantasy for Christopher's Classics

In our Phantasy programme we are joined by Robert Orr, NZSO Principal Oboe, for two British works by for oboe and strings: Britten's Phantasy Quartet Op 2, the first piece that brought him international recognition, and Bliss's gorgeous Oboe Quintet. In that programme we also celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth with his first 'Rasumovsky' quartet, the String Quartet No 7 in F Op 59 No 1. The fourth work in this programme is 'refrain' by award-winning New Zealand composer Alex Taylor.

Thursday, September 3 2020, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Aroha String Quartet
Britten: Phantasy Quartet for Oboe & String Trio Op 2
Beethoven: String Quartet No 7 in F Op 59 No 1 'Rasumovsky'
Alex Taylor: refrain
Bliss: Quintet for Oboe & String Quartet