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Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Affinity Quartet


‘[Affinity Quartet] has a collective wisdom and maturity which is singularly impressive … a musical force with which to be reckoned.’ Richard Gill AO

About Affinity Quartet

Affinity Quartet represents the next generation of Australia’s chamber music stars. The Quartet developed its craft in Europe to critical acclaim. It brings home an inspired approach to music-making, matched by its adventurous spirit as a string quartet for and of today.

About the concert

Life is full of different journeys. Some leave us untouched. Others amount to a full rebirth. Affinity Quartet meditates on the strength and fragility of our human experience, through compelling works that reflect this battle. Shostakovich and his younger compatriot Weinberg both lived through war and composed through periods of crisis. Their quartets are a thrill-ride of intense emotion, undoubtedly shaped by the circumstances they survived. Weinberg’s Aria displays a compelling Romantic lyricism, which is brilliantly matched by the witty and off-kilter Capriccio. Shostakovich’s Quartet No.3 covers equally complex and emotive territory. Award-winning Melbourne-based composer Darrin Archer counterpoints these two composers’ legacies, drawing inspiration for his new work, Peace, Gratitude, Resolve, from the challenges of our own modern time.

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Affinity Quartet
Nicholas Waters violin
Jenny Khafagi violin
William Clark viola
Mee Na Lojewski cello


Mieczysław Weinberg
Aria for String Quartet, Op.9

Capriccio for String Quartet, Op.11

Darrin Archer
Peace, Gratitude, Resolve

Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No.3 in F, Op.73