A string quartet based on stories of Oodgeroo Noonuccal and written by Philip Eames of Alexandra Hills was performed at the Point Lookout community hall in a world premiere event on August 24.
Eames describes three stories of Stradbroke Dreamtime to dramatic and at times quirky effect in the quartet and was present to read the story before the pieces were played by the Black Square Quartet. Dancing to some of the scenes was Waangenga Blanco and some students of Dunwich State School.
The stories were colourfully portrayed and speak of the rainbow serpent, frogs and a bunyip.
Coordinator and quartet founder violinist Camille Barryof Cleveland said she was thrilled and honoured to present the collaboration.
Eames said he was interested to see the way the music was shaped by the players.
"Writing this was an interesting challenge and very different to the absolute music style which governs the way music is shaped," he said.
The performance received a standing ovation.
The concert will be featured again at RPAC at 3pm on September 1. The concert is free, but bookings need to be made on 3829 8131, rpac.com.au The concert also features works by Haydn, Dvorak, Arvo Part, Peter Sculthorpe and Ross Edwards and each work is linked to the nature of Australian landscape. The program is entitled Elemental Music.