CONCERT & AUDIENCE FAQS

WHAT’S A STRING QUARTET AND WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU PLAY?

A string quartet is two violins, a viola, and a cello together playing a type of music called chamber music. Originally, chamber music was performed at home, or other small spaces. The audience can sit close to the musicians and immerse themselves in the performance. We play music that’s several centuries old, and also premiere music that’s completely new. Much of our music is classical, but we love folk music, jazz, and contemporary music too and the music we play reflects this. We frequently collaborate with other musicians – recently including pianists, singers, saxophonists, other string players, and taonga pūoro players – to expand the music we perform.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO A CONCERT?

Please wear what feels comfortable. If you focus best on the music in jeans, that’s great. If you like to dress up for concerts, that’s great too – so do we!

WHEN SHOULD I APPLAUD?

Let us know how much you enjoyed the music by applauding at the end of a piece. It’s customary not to clap between movements, but if you’re unsure just let others around you take the lead.

CAN I TAKE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS ON MY PHONE?

Photos may be taken before or after the performance. Please be considerate to other audience members enjoying the live experience and check out the many videos on our YouTube channel, rather than taking your own. During the concert itself, please switch your phone to silent or off.

WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE? HOW LONG IS THE CONCERT?

We usually open the doors 30 minutes prior to the start of a concert. Concerts are usually between 1.5 and 2 hours, with an intermission. Sometime this is different; please check the running time listed on the event page.

WHERE CAN I BUY TICKETS?

Most of our concerts can be bought online or over the phone via Eventfinda or other agencies affiliated with the venue we’re performing in. The easiest way to book is to follow the links on the event page.

The New Zealand String Quartet gratefully acknowledges its sponsors and funders

New Zealand String Quartet

04-499 8883

90 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

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