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NZSQ Soundscapes

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  • General Admission: $43.00 each ($40.00 + $3.00 fees)
  • Senior (Gold Card holder): $37.88 each ($35.00 + $2.88 fees)
  • Tertiary Students & Community Service Card Holders: $16.38 each ($15.00 + $1.38 fees)
  • Children (Under 18): $6.12 each ($5.00 + $1.12 fees)
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  • Sat 18 May 2024, 7:30pm–9:10pm


All Ages

Join the internationally acclaimed New Zealand String Quartet (NZSQ) for an evening of exquisite chamber music as part of its 2024 season Soundscapes. This performance marks the final opportunity for Blenheim audiences to experience the current line up of the quartet before the NZSQ bids a fond farewell to much-loved second violinist, Monique Lapins, who will soon embark on new artistic endeavours.


Claire Cowan, Celestia> <Terralia

Shostakovich String Quartet No.14

Brahms No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67

The NZSQ premiered celebrated NZ composer Claire Cowan’s Celestia > < Terralia in February 2024. Utilising minimalist musical techniques, the piece takes its energetic structure from the movements between Earth and space- the countdown to a rocket launch, the release of gravity as a return to the womb, and the profound perspective shift that comes with observing Earth from a great distance.

Shostakovich’s 14th string quartet is a deeply contemplative work, characterized by its stark emotional intensity, exploring themes of mortality and anguish through its haunting melodies and sparse textures.

This beautifully balanced programme is rounded off with Brahms No.3 in B flat major, Op. 67 – a rich and melodic exploration of classical form and Romantic sentiment.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the current line-up of the NZSQ for a final time in an evening of musical brilliance and fond farewells.

This concert is generously supported by Whitehaven Wines.

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