Strings in the Salon: Winter

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(1 of 1) The Salon at Monster kitchen and bar. Shot by Ross Honeysett.

Strings in the Salon: Winter

Hotel Hotel Projects, Performance

Mozart’s G minor string quintet is hailed as one of the greatest chamber music works. From the restlessness of the opening movement, the beauty and sorrow of the slow movement and, in the end, the cheerfulness of the final movement.

Mozart liked the viola, with its deep tone and warm sound. His use of two violas in this work highlights the rich colours of this often-maligned instrument.

This work was performed by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra with:
Barbara Jane Gilby, violin
Pip Thompson, violin
Lucy Carrigy-Ryan, viola
Sarah Zhu, viola
Patrick Suthers, cello

Salon Gatherings

The Monster Salon and Dining rooms at Hotel Hotel were a reinterpretation of the suburban family rooms of immigrants in Australia post WWII. It was a domestic place. At once a parlour for receiving guests, for talking art and politics, a living room for lolling around by the fire with friends, a place for listening to music, and a room for sharing meals. At times, we gathered old and new friends here to exchange ideas and we host conversations, poetry readings and performances. Fittingly, we often shared stories about immigration, about how immigration increases the textures and layers of a place’s cultural fabric. These are important stories. Especially in a time when the number of people displaced by conflict is at its highest since the aftermath of WWII.