Tribute performance: Aroha String Quartet members, from left, Haihong Liu, Zhongxian Jin, Konstane Artmann and Robert Ibell, who'll perform in Arrowtown in honour of Beethoven's birthday tomorrow


A musical maestro’s 250th birthday’s being celebrated in Arrowtown tomorrow with a special performance by the celebrated Aroha String Quartet.

Beethoven’s sestercentennial will be marked at Arrowtown’s Athenaeum Hall with a champagne toast before the quartet’s performance of one of the
most-loved pieces in chamber music, the birthday boy’s Rasumovsky String Quartet in F major.

Faith Austin, who played viola with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, says it’s a ‘‘wonderful choice’’ to celebrate Beethoven with.

‘‘It’s one of his finest quartet compositions and calls on the very best skills of the string performer.

‘‘All of the world’s top quartets have The Rasumovsky high in their repertoire.’’

Austin’s organising the celebration concert for the Arrowtown Creative Arts Society and says they’re fortunate they can host a full-hall concert.

‘‘In music capitals around the world planned Beethoven Anniversary celebrations have, sadly, been canned because of Covid-19.’’

The internationally-renowned Wellington-based Aroha Quartet will also perform works by Britten, Taylor and Bliss and will be joined for part of the
programme by oboeist Robert Orr.

The celebration starts with drinks and canapes from 4.30pm before the concert begins at 5pm.

Tickets are available from Eventfinda and the Arrowtown Pharmacy.