Photo Credit: Elizabeth Delage

To continue its 25th anniversary season, the Molinari Quartet’s Twentieth and Beyond series is hosting its next concert Acoustic Exploration on December 9 at 7:30 p.m., at the concert hall of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.

This concert will explore the vast range of sounds that can produce a string quartet and will also underline the centennial year of Iannis Xenakis’ birth with Ergma, a very powerful work. You will also be attending the world premiere of Hologramme Modal for string quartet and kamancheh by Iranian composer and kamancheh virtuoso Showan Tavakol and hear Krzysztof Penderecki’s very exploratory Quartet No. 1. The Molinari will play Oasis by Azerbaijani composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh and will close the concert with the revolutionary Quartet no.3 written in 1927 by Béla Bartók.

“With the repertoire of this concert, we really dive into the incredible possibilities of sounds a quartet can produce,” says Olga Ranzenhofer, founder and artistic director of the quartet.

Works on the program

  • Krzysztof Penderecki: Quartet No. 1
  • Iannis Xenakis: Ergma
  • Showan Tavakol: Hologramme Modal for string quartet and kamancheh
  • Franghiz Ali-Zadeh: Oasis
  • Béla Bartók: Quartet No.3 

The concert will be preceded by the Dialogue on the Plateau series, a free workshop activity at the Maison de la culture Plateau-Mont-Royal (465, Mont-Royal East), on Sunday, December 4 at 2 PM You will hear analysis, discussions and musical excerpts of the works to be played in the Acoustic Exploration concert.

Throughout the past quarter of a century, the Molinari Quartet has produced 20 albums, played over 300 works including 123 Canadian pieces (75 from Quebec), 123 world premieres and 79 commissions. It has also organized 8 editions of its successful Molinari Quartet International Composition Competition, receiving over a thousand unpublished pieces from 70 countries.

Twentieth and Beyond

December 9 at 7:30 PM

Concert hall of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal
(4750, Henri-Julien Avenue).

Tickets: 29,50$, 24,50$ and 12,50$.