Season Preview: Your guide to the arts in 2024

Still buzzing after its inaugural tour of the United States, Australian Haydn Ensemble has announced its 2024 program.

Among its highlights are five main-stage concerts exploring the music of Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, Boccherini and their lesser-known contemporaries, a series of subscriber concerts in Sydney, Canberra and the NSW Southern Highlands, and individual performances throughout regional NSW.

AHE’s Skye McIntosh. Photo © Helen White

AHE begins its year with Love & Devotion, a program of three quartets, all notable for their emotional intensity: Haydn’s String Quartet No. 4 in D major; Mozart’s String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 12 in E minor.

An early biographer of Haydn’s placed the No. 4 in a sequence of works stemming from an “acute emotional crisis” (he even filled the evidence gap with the death of an invented lover). Mozart’s D minor quartet dates from a blissful period of his life just after his marriage to Constanze.

The 18-year-old Felix Mendelssohn dedicated his Opus 12 quartet to the girl next door (who responded...