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Emerson String Quartet

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Perhaps the most celebrated string quartet ever to emerge from the USA, the Emerson String Quartet is making its first Australian tour in over 19 years. Founded in 1976 and with only one personnel change in all that time, the ensemble has stacked up more than 30 recordings and countless awards. With such a pedigree, it is no surprise that the Emersons play with masterly warmth and ease: a spontaneous confidence and joy.

Naturally enough, a master string quartet has chosen to play a program of great masterpieces. Mozart, was writing with his audience very much in mind, and his quartet is full of attention-grabbing highlights and dreamy slow movements, while the vitality of folk music shapes the quartet of Dvořák. Ending the program is Shostakovich’s Fifth Quartet, which did not appear until after the death of Stalin, when its icy, wintry darkness could at last be safely brought into the light.

Musica Viva International Concert Season 2019

Single tickets on sale: Tuesday, 30 October via Perth Concert Hall

Subscriptions now on sale via 


Eugene Drucker - violin
Philip Setzer - violin
Lawrence Dutton - viola
Paul Watkins - cello


MOZART String Quartet no 21 in D major, K575
DVOŘÁK String Quartet no 10 in E-flat major, op 51
SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet no 5 in B-flat major, op 92


$40 FOR UNDER 40s

Under 40 tickets are $40 for anyone under 40 years of age. A valid proof of ID must be presented at time of booking and may be requested on the night.


$15 Student Rush tickets are available at the box office an hour before each concert. A valid full-time student ID card must be presented upon purchase to receive the discount.


Full-time mature age students, means-tested Australian pensioners (Aged, Disability, Veteran’s Affairs and Supporting Parent) and Health Care card holders are eligible to receive Musica Viva’s Concession prices.


10% discount applies to the subscribers of the following:  

  • Musica Viva Australia
  • West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Black Swan State Theatre Company
  • WA Opera
  • WA Ballet
  • St Georges Cathedral Concert Series

Please call Box Office on 9231 9999 or visit us in person to take advantage of this special offer. ID must be presented when collecting tickets. 


Finishes approx. 9.30pm
Includes 20 min. interval

Times are approximate and subject to change at any time.

Presented by Musica Viva Australia

Tour supported by the Musica Viva Amadeus Society