Ragazze Kwartet

One of the Netherlands' most active and striking quartets. The Ragazze Quartet is in constant search of exciting formats to present repertoire in new ways.

Extending String Quartet

  • 14:15
  • 28.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 25

Ragazze Quartet
Rosa Arnold violin
Jeanita Vriens violin
Annemijn Bergkotte viola
Rebecca Wise cello

Claron McFadden vocals

Elvis Costello The Juliet Letters
Leoš Janáček String Quartet no. 2 ‘Intimate Letters

The string quartet has been in existence for two-and-a-half centuries so far. All these years the genre has been in contact with other cultures, languages, art forms and styles. Extending String Quartets falls somewhere between a concert, lecture-recital and crossover; it creates and rediscovers these connections. From American West Coast composers to encounters between East and West; from pop music to video art – all the boundaries are explored, expanded and blurred in the process. 

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Janaček sent more than 700 letters to his beloved, most of which remained unanswered. At the end of his life he poured all these passionate emotions into a string quartet. The passion that had remained stifled in real life was all the more incendiary in its musical form. In Elvis Costello’s The Juliet Letters, love takes on many voices. Each song is a fictitious letter written by an unknown writer. In this way a new story unfolds in each song; a new love. The Ragazze Quartet and Claron McFadden join forces, performing these works in a theatrical setting.

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