Dangerous Liaisons 2017 30th Anniversary Tour



“This programme presents the relentless forces of love, passion, drama and heartache. Prepare for a musical rollercoaster, hold on to your hats and your hearts... ” Monique Lapins - Second Violin

Join us on our 30th-anniversary tour for a concert filled with passion, yearning, joy and heartache. Each of our two programmes explores themes of love and desire and will take you on an emotional journey through some of the great works of the repertoire.  

Romeo and Juliet’s tragic love story serves as the inspiration for a young Beethoven, whereas Schumann’s quartet celebrates the composer’s triumph over parental opposition to marry the love of his life. Mendelsohn’s first love, Bartok’s infatuation with a virtuoso violinist and Janacek’s obsession with a woman half his age were all doomed to failure yet inspired some of their most beautiful works. Jack Body’s Saetas takes its inspiration from the fire and passion of flamenco songs and reveals Rolf Gjelsten’s secret talent as an accomplished accordionist.

A word of warning: each concert will be an intimate affair and the music may steal your heart!


Tue 15 Aug, 7:30pm | Lodge at The Hills, Queenstown | Programme One

Thu 17 Aug, 7:30pm | The Piano, Christchurch | Programme Two

Fri 18 Aug, 7:30pm | Craighead Diocesan School, Timaru | Programme One

Sat 19 Aug, 7:30pm | Hanover Hall 65 Hanover St, Dunedin | Programme Two

Wed 23 Aug, 7:30pm | The Turner Centre, Kerikeri | Programme One

Fri 25 Aug, 7:30pm | Holy Trinity Church, Devonport | Programme One

Sat 26 Aug, 7:30pm | Mackelvie Gallery Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland | Programme Two

Sun 27 Aug, 4:00pm | Tom McDonald Cellar Church Road Winery, Napier | Programme Two

Thu 7 Sep, 7:30pm | St Mary of the Angels, Wellington | Programme One

Fri 8 Sep, 7:30pm | Carterton Events Centre, Wairarapa | Programme One

Sun 10 Sep, 4:00pm | Hunter Council Chamber, Wellington | Programme Two

Mon 11 Sep, 7:30pm | Expressions, Upper Hutt | Programme Three

Sat 16 Sep, 7:30pm | The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson | Programme Two

Sun 17 Sep, 1:00pm | Cloudy Bay Vineyard, Blenheim | Programme One

Sun 17 Sep, 5:00pm | Cloudy Bay Vineyard, Blenheim | Programme One


Programme One Beethoven: String Quartet no 1 in F, op 18 no 1 Bartok: String Quartet no 1 Schumann: String Quartet in A, op 41 no 3  Programme Two Janacek: String Quartet no 2, Intimate Letters Jack Body: Saetas Mendelssohn: Quartet no 2 in A minor, op 13  Programme Three Beethoven: String Quartet no 1 in F, op 18 no 1 Janacek: String Quartet no 2, Intimate Letters Mendelssohn: Quartet no 2 in A minor, op 13 

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