SU string quartet in Endler Hall

Attendance at concerts presented by the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival reached a record high this year and organisers of the Endler Concert Series are hoping that this will continue for the rest of this year’s concerts.

The Stellenbosch University String Quartet, whose rousing performance at the start of the Chamber Music Festival drew rapturous applause, will open the second season of the 2011 Endler Concert Series with a matinee performance at 16:30 on Sunday the 24 July. This performance of the Quartet will be its last at Stellenbosch University with the current players who have reached a very high standard in their short, but busy 18 months of intense rehearsing, performing and touring abroad.

The quartet is comprised of the University Music Department’s top post graduate string students: Annien van der Linde – first violin, Petrus Coetzee – second violin, Jan-Hendrik Harley viola and Joachim Müller-Crepon – cello. They will be playing two of the greatest chamber music masterpieces of all time. The String Quartet in D minor D 810 “Death and the Maiden” by Franz Schubert is arguably his most well-known piece outside of the song cycles perhaps. It is in fact one of his earlier songs upon which the slow movement of this quartet is based. An overall atmosphere of tragedy notwithstanding, this work epitomises perfection in balance, form and beauty.

In the second half of the concert, the Quartet will be joined by Suzanne and Peter Martens (violin and cello) in Brahms’ sextet op 36 in G. Although less frequently performed than his first string sextet op 18, it is an equally magnificent work and patrons are encouraged to seize this rare opportunity to hear a live performance.

  • Tickets @ R99 and R75 are available at Computicket outlets countrywide or on 083 915 8000. Box office at the Endler Hall will open at 15:30 on the afternoon. For further enquiries, please call the Endler Concert Series on 021 808 2343 during office hours.