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Our concerts for 2020

 Virtuosi Tasmania regret to advise that, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, concert perfromances have been cancelled until further notice.

This page shows our concert series for 2020. Details of performers, the musical offerings and program notes can be accessed (as they become available) by clicking on the concert series title.

Of course program changes beyond our control may occur from time to time. Please join our mail or email list to have the current program details sent to you or view this page regularly.


$30, concession $25 and students $15.

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Cello & Piano Encore!

Fri 21 Feb, 11:00am
Home Hill Winery*

Sat 22 Feb, 2:00pm
Holy Trinity Church

Sun 23 Feb, 2:00pm
LifeWay Baptist Church

Mon 24 Feb, 11:00am
Riversdale Estate*


Dvorak & Mozart



Tim Jones Brass


22-28 October

Sue-Ellen Paulsen & friends


13-16 November



* If you plan to stay and enjoy a meal please contact the venue direct:

  • Riversdale Estate 6248 5555
  • Home Hill Winery 6242 1897

** The ticket price includes access to the beautiful Valley Field gardens. Refreshments available.

Dvorak and Mozart

Virtuosi Tasmania's is delighted to bring you Yue-Hong Cha and Frances Davies (violins), William Newbery (viola) and Brett Rutherford (cello) playing two outstanding pieces for string quartet. The Hunt is the forth of the quartets Mozart dedicated to Haydn. Its popularity is reflected in its use in various films including Star Trek: Insurrection. Commonly named the American Quartet, the Antonín Dvořák string quartet, written in 1893 during Dvořák's time in the United States, has become one of the most popular in the chamber music repertoire.

Pictured (clockwise from top left): Yue-Hong Cha, Frances Davies, William Newbery and Brett Rutherford.

Program Notes

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
String Quartet No 12 in F major Op 96 ‘American.’

1. Allegro ma non-troppo 2. Lento 3. Molto vivace 4. Finale: vivace ma non-troppo

The celebrated Cezch composer Antonín Dvořák was the director of the National Conservatory in New York City from 1892 to 1895. This three-year sojourn in America had a profound effect on the composer’s music and many of his famous and popular compositions, such as The New World Symphony, were composed during this productive period.

The Quartet in F major was composed shortly after the “New World” symphony during a tranquil vacation in the peaceful Czech village of Spillville in Iowa.

The music of Dvořák is signified by overwhelming melodic inventions that are hard to balance with the structural confines of chamber music and in particular the string quartet format. Nevertheless, the composer manages to meet this challenge by following Haydn's approach of the simplicity of expression and structure. This work has remained among regularly performed and popular string quartets in the current repertoire since it premiered on 1 January 1894 in Boston and on 13 January 1894 in New York.

The audience will recognise the influence of African-American “Spirituals” on the composer’s music, especially in the second slow movement.

Mozart (1756-1791)
String Quartet No 17 in B flat major K458 ‘The Hunt.’

1. Allegro vivace assai 2. Menuetto and Trio. Moderato 3. Adagio, in E-flat major 4. Allegro assai

Mozart composed the String Quartet in B flat at the age of twenty-eight, seven years before his fruitful and prolific life came to an untimely end at the age of thirty-five. The extent and the quality of musical output of the boy-genius, in such a short life, are astounding and remain unmatched to this day.

The work is the fourth quartet among a series of works that were dedicated to Joseph Hayden. Mozart was well established in Vienna by the time he composed this quartet and was represented by the most important music publisher of the era Artaria & Co.

Curiously, neither the composer nor the publisher specified “the Hunt” as the title of the work. The use of this title is usually attributed to the use of 6/8 time signature in the first movement (Allegro vivace assai) which apparently conjures in the listener the sensation of a chase.

The popularity of this composition has led to its use in various Hollywood movies. Hence it may sound familiar to those who hear it for the first time.