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THE AFFINITY QUARTET // Live @ The Mechanic’s Institute, Lawson

August 24, 2023 @ 6:15 pm - 9:15 pm

The outstanding Affinity Quartet will play at the Mechanics Institute on Thursday 24 August 2023 commencing at 7.30pm and ending on or about 9.15 pm with an interval. Doors open at 6.15pm.
The quartet won the major prize and other prizes at the prestigious Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition last month.
Tickets are on sale for $70.00 per person. The early bird discount ticket until 11.59pm 5 August 2023 is $66.50. There are no allocated seats. We do not offer concessions for this performance apart from the early bird discount.
This performance will leave an indelible memory for the audience and it is a rare opportunity to see this young enthusiast and prestigious string quartet up close and personal in our historic hall.
Book on the following link for general admission. https://www.trybooking.com/CKEOB
YouTube links of the quartet’s previous performances can be found on your search engine. However, there is nothing like experiencing the music live.
Hot food and drink available for purchase from 6.15. A menu will appear on this site about 48 hours before the show.

Mozart, String Quartet no.22 in B flat Major K589 ‘Prussian’–Interval–

Beethoven, String Quartet no.8 in E minor op.59 no.2 ‘Razumovsky’

The members of Affinity Quartet are:
• Josephine Chung – Violin
• Nicholas Waters – Violin
• Ruby Shirres – Viola
• Mee Na Lojewski – Cello
Extract from Limelight Magazine:
The Melbourne-based Affinity Quartet has become the first ever Australian string quartet to take out the first prize in the 2023 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (MICMC), at its Grand Final performance at the Melbourne Recital Centre on 9 July 2023.
The quartet received the first prize for string quartets, the $30,000 Robert Salzer Foundation Prize alongside the $8,000 Audience Prize for String Quartet.
The Terra String Quartet, based in New York, received second prize, and the Risus Quartet, based between South Korea and Texas, was awarded third prize.
The competition, held every four years and produced by Musica Viva Australia, invites string quartets and piano trios from all around the world, with members under the age of 37, to compete over the course of a week.
Extract from Julie McErlain music concert reviewer:
We could see why Affinity Quartet wins awards – the answer is in the attention to detail and emotional breadth. commenting on performance of the quartet at Beleura House and Gardens earlier this month – https://classicmelbourne.com.au/beleura-house-concerts…/
William Hennessy AM-Founder and leader of the Australian String Quartet 1985 – 1996-Artistic Director MCO 2006 – 2021 writing to the quartet after their success:
I write to offer my personal huge congratulations and thanks for what you have all achieved for a period of quite some years now, culminating in your triumphs in London and now Melbourne. You have achieved something very special for the musical life of our country and beyond. This requires enormous character, love, patience and discipline – all of which you must have in spades. May your satisfactions and success continue to grow.
Mechanics Menu
Annalyse’s ‘big dahl w/ naan & rice – $16
Pies/Filos – $10
Chicken, leek & mushroom.
pumpkin, veg, lentil & feta.
shepherds pie w/ beef.
spinach & cheese filo.
w/ side salad add $6
Parade Cafe Dessert selection
including macadamia brownies, white choc cashew slice,
carrot cake & more


August 24, 2023
6:15 pm - 9:15 pm


Friends of the Mechanics Institute Lawson Inc.


Mechanics Institute Lawson
284 Great Western Highway
Lawson (Enter near 18 Yileena Ave), NSW 2783 Australia
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