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The Czech Affair
Oct 4, Victoria Concert Hall
With a combination of biography, cultural commentary and personal reflection, the third edition of the T'ang Quartet's 30th Anniversary Season was one flavoured by Eastern Europe. The show on Oct 4 at Victoria Concert Hall harked back to the T'ang Quartet's Czech's connection, and the ensemble assembled a programme devoted to Czech music of the 19th and 20th-century – a refreshing detour from the old world classics, representing a part of the Quartet’s illustrious 30-year musical journey.
First violinist Ng Yu-Ying and second violinist Ang Chek Meng were mentored by former Singapore Symphony Orchestra's violist Jiri Heger from Czech Republic. He taught the two members during their formative years as musicians. Jiri, who played an instrumental role in the T’ang Quartet’s development, went on to help the ensemble record their debut album, The Art of War, as well as Made in America album (featuring Jiri), in Prague.
On Oct 4, classical music fans were treated to a stunning fare of quartet masterpieces – Josef Suk's Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale “Saint Wenceslas” Op.35a – a nationalistic Czech piece in WWI; Antonin Dvořák's well-loved piece, The String Quartet in F Major, Op.96 “American”; and Pavel Haas' String Quartet No 2 Op.7 “From the Monkey Mountains” which was his first major recognised work.
Ambassador Michaela Froňková of the Embassy of the Czech Republic with the T'ang Quartet