Gunnedah residents will be able to experience the energy of an all-female ensemble first hand later this month.
If you take four leading instrumentalists, all holding coveted positions as members of Australia's top orchestras, united by a passion for sharing chamber music with audiences nationwide, what do you have?
The answer is the Enigma Quartet.
They will perform at the Gunnedah Town Hall on Thursday, October 22, presented by Gunnedah Conservatorium in association with the Musica Viva Australia's Regional Concerts program.
The quartet couldn't be more thrilled to return to the stage and are very excited to bring their music making to the region.
"Our aim is to share our energy, understanding, interpretation and joy of the music with the audience," violinist, Marianne Edwards said.
"During this year, we have come to appreciate just how vital our live audiences are to music making. In fact, they are the third part of the equation, alongside the performers and the composers.
"An ensemble needs that impossible-to-describe extra ingredient ... and this group has it in spades."
The group, who welcomed cellist Rowena Macneish in 2011, had their first big break through Musica Viva's Rising Stars program in 2012, which launched their performing career and brought the opportunity to be mentored by the St Lawrence, Goldner and Takacs Quartets.
They've performed at many festivals including the prestigious Huntington Chamber Music Festival in 2015, commissioned new works from leading Australian composers and will soon release their debut CD with ABC Classics.
For this program, the group presents music that reflects their versatility, with two significant works from chamber music giants Beethoven and Brahms, bookending an early piece by the pioneering Australian composer Margaret Sutherland.
"The [Beethoven Quartet] we have selected is from an early set of works that always inspires audiences with their freshness and vitality," Ms Edwards said.
"[Then] Margaret Sutherland is a fascinating composer who we feel deserves to be more widely known. Her first quartet is an assured work which has beautiful expressive string parts, and the Brahms ... would melt Superman's heart! No words can adequately describe the intensity of feeling he can express through in his music.
"It's a rich program, filled with musical gems for chamber music fans to savour."
- BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 No. 6
- SUTHERLAND String Quartet No. 1
- BRAHMS String Quartet No. 2 in A minor
The concert will be held on Thursday, October 22 at 7pm.
Tickets can be purchased via https://www.gunnedahconservatorium.com.au/page/202/2020-Events- or https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=614734&
Tickets cost $33 for adults, $30 for concession, $10 for students under 18, and $76 for a family.