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Fri, 25 Nov


Windsong Pavillion at Four Winds

Four Winds welcomes the Australian String Quartet

The Australian String Quartet (ASQ) has created unforgettable string quartet performances for audiences around the world since 1985. Dedicated to musical excellence with a distinctly Australian flavour, they create chemistry and amplify intimacy through experiences that connect people with string q

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Four Winds welcomes the Australian String Quartet
Four Winds welcomes the Australian String Quartet

Time & Location

25 Nov 2022, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Windsong Pavillion at Four Winds, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay NSW 2546, Australia

About the Event

‘’A diverse array of sonorous string sounds - inviting listeners on a journey to reflect and connect’’ - Four Winds Artistic & Creative Director Matthew Hoy

The ASQ is Dale Barltrop (violin), Francesca Hiew (violin), Christopher Cartlidge (viola) and Michael Dahlenburg (cello).

The evening will showcase one of the nation’s renowned string quartets, performing a diverse and dynamic range of repertoire that conveys the potency of chamber music of today when in their hands. The ASQ will begin their musical journey with a triptych of miniatures from an exciting generation of Australian voices - equal parts animated, reflective and atmospheric. The night will culminate with Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 9 - a vibrant work of masterful contrast and counterpoint that conjures up ecstatic moments, brimming with energy.

“Like having a gymnast perform in your lounge room” ★★★★.5 Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 June, 2021

ASQ's distinct sound is enhanced by a matched set of 18th century Guadagnini instruments, handcrafted by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini between c.1743 and 1784 in Turin and Piacenza, Italy. These precious instruments are on loan for their exclusive use through the generosity of UKARIA.

Dale Barltrop plays a 1784 Guadagnini Violin, Turin Francesca Hiew plays a 1748-49 Guadagnini Violin, Piacenza Chris Cartlidge plays a 1783 Guadagnini Viola, Turin Michael Dahlenburg plays a c.1743 Guadagnini Violoncello, Piacenza ‘Ngeringa’

A delicious dinner will be available on the lawns of the Windsong Pavilion from 5:30pm. The light meal will be sumptuous Thali plates created by J-Bird catering. Meat and vegan curry options will be available with fluffy steamed rice and flavourful condiments to match. All meal options are gluten free and dairy free. Dinner is available for pre-purchase via the Four Winds website or at the event. The Four Winds bar will be open throughout dinner, during interval and after the event.

Four Winds welcomes to this event Guest of Honour Margaret Throsby, who retired recently from her role as a broadcaster on ABC Radio. Margaret has made a significant contribution to many Four Winds festivals as MC and presenter on artist panels. We thank Margaret for her contribution to Four Winds and the arts throughout her career in radio and television.

Four Winds is a world-class music performance venue set in the natural bushland of Barragga Bay, ten minutes' drive south of the beautiful coastal village of Bermagui.

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