The rejuvenated Moodemere Quartet will put on their first concert at the old Yackandandah Courthouse tomorrow.
Jessie Swan and Tara Chambers formed the group two years ago and have recently welcomed Katherine Hopkins and Damien Jones.
“We love music, so we wanted to get some people together and show the locals what we could do,” Chambers said.
“In the beginning we had students, one who’s now at the Australian National Academy of Music.
“We are so unbelievably lucky to have Katherine, who is a professional cellist and has worked with the London and Melbourne symphonies, and Damien, who plays professionally here in the area and works for the Murray Conservatorium.
“They’re the most incredible players.”
The group have been most recently performing at private functions including the Love and Light Wedding Festival, and art show, in Rutherglen.
Swan said the group were eager to hold more concerts and that tomorrow’s performance in Yackandandah would be intimate and special.
“We’re playing music by Mendelssohn, Shostakovitch, and Elena Kats-Chernin,” she said.
“Mendelssohn is from the late 1800s and most of his music is pure joy.
“We’re playing a piece he wrote the year he got married and had his first child.
“The courthouse is probably the best space we could all think of for chamber music the way we play it; a string quartet should have a small room with good acoustics.
“We’re going to take people on a roller-coaster of emotions.”
Chambers said it was a sophisticated program.
“The people who come will be hearing something they wouldn’t expect from local musicians in the area,” she said.
The quartet’s sponsors, Lake Moodemere Estate, will be serving wine during the concert.
It will take place from 3pm on Sunday at the Yackandandah Courthouse, which has capacity for about 80 people.
Entry is by a gold coin donation.
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