UKARIA honours our First Nations by fostering a shared sense of respect for this land, and we acknowledge and pay our respects to the Peramangk, traditional custodians of the land on which the Cultural Centre stands.



Sunday 25 September 2022  |  2:30PM

* This concert has been rescheduled from its original date of Sunday 1 August 2021. 


The charismatic young musicians that comprise the Brisbane-based, Deutsche Grammophon-signed Orava Quartet have become familiar faces at many of Australia's chamber music festivals. Their interpretations display a bold and reinvigorating freshness, and their unique artistic synergy has been consistently praised by critics in Australia and overseas. 

For their second appearance at UKARIA, the quartet will share music with which they have a deep personal affinity. They begin with Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 6 (the first work they ever played together) and conclude the first half with their signature showpiece: Woyciech Kilar's Orawa, a symphonic poem inspired by highland folklore, evoking a river that flows through mountainous terrain at the Poland-Slovakia border. 

The folk theme drifts into the second half with two beguiling Nordic folk tunes arranged by the Danish String Quartet from their celebrated Wood Works album, followed by Elena Kats-Chernin's For Theodora – a new work commissioned by Katrina Samios in memory of her mother. It tells the story of a Greek-Australian family's connection to their heritage in four movements, representing four generations. The concert will culminate with Pavel Fischer's Mad Piper quartet, drawing on Scottish, Czech, Bulgarian and Romanian folk music. 

'Folk music is the music of all the small places. It is the local music, but as such it is also the music of everywhere and everyone. Like rivers, the melodies and dances have flowed slowly from region to region: Whenever a fiddler stumbled on a melody, he would play it and make it his own, before passing it on.'

– Danish String Quartet

Daniel Kowalik
| Violin
David Dalseno | Violin
Thomas Chawner | Viola
Karol Kowalik | Cello


Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975)
String Quartet No. 6 in G, Op. 101

I. Allegretto
II. Moderato con moto
III. Lento (attacca)
IV. Lento – Allegretto

Wojciech Kilar (1932–2013)
Orawa (arr. for string quartet by Krzysztof Urbański)


Nordic Folk Tunes (arr. Danish String Quartet from Wood Works)

Ye Honest Bridal Couple (Faroe Islands) / Sønderho Bridal Trilogy – Part One (Fanø, Denmark)
Ack Värmeland, du Sköna (Värmeland, Sweden)

Elena Kats-Chernin (b. 1957)
For Theodora


Pavel Fischer (b. 1965)
String Quartet No. 3 Mad Piper

I. Mad Piper
II. Carpathian
III. Sad Piper
IV. Ursari

| Approximately two hours, including a twenty-minute interval.
Note | Complimentary afternoon tea will be served during the interval.
Dining Options | Roasted cauliflower soup with hot crusty bread can be pre-booked to enjoy before the concert ($15 per person).

Photo Credit:

Orava Quartet: Dylan Evans

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