May
29
6:00 pm18:00

PLEXUS: Phantasms

  • Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

BRIGID BURKE  A Voice is Life   (world premiere)
ANDREW FORD  Never   (world premiere)
GUSTAV MAHLER  
Kindertotenlieder  (1901-04, arr. Cassomenos)
ANDRIAN PERTOUT  Voyage à la terre de l’enchantement  (world premiere)
GERNOT WOLFGANG  Reflections  (1999)

featuring PLEXUS
with guest artist Liane Keegan (contralto)

Tickets: $39 adults / $29 concession
(Three-concert package: $99 adults / $72 Concession)

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PLEXUS plunges into a world of phantoms and phantasy, dreams and dramas. Guest artist and legendary Victorian contralto Liane Keegan sings Gustav Mahler’s epic song cycle Kindertotenlieder, after Friedrich Rückert’s poems of inconsolable grief yet ultimately transcendent resignation after the death of two of the poet’s children. Gernot Wolfgang’s Reflections (1999), commissioned by the Verdehr Trio, ponders what it is to be human and how significant events and the realisations that follow them affect and inform our lives as individuals, and as an evolving species. PLEXUS also presents three world premieres – Andrew Ford’s Never is a taste of his Peter Pan opera to come in 2018; Andrian Pertout invites us on his Voyage à la terre de l’enchantement; and Brigid Burke uses her cinematic landscape of coastal Victoria as a backdrop to her fantastical soundscape in A Voice is Life.

PLEXUS: Phantasms is co-presented with Melbourne Recital Centre as part of their 2017 Southbank Series.

Jul
24
Jul 25

LIMELIGHT: Australian Composition Seminar

  • Santa Sabina College

Following a successful inaugural seminar in 2015 and a gigantic 2016 seminar, Richard Gill, Karen Carey and Andrew Batt-Rawden team up with PLEXUS to deliver an astounding compositional development experience for high school Music 1 and Music 2 students in years 8, 9, 10 and 11 with a choice of either Monday 24 July 2017, or Tuesday 25 July 2017. The workshop will run from 9am to 2:30pm. 

This multi-faceted immersion program, including live workshop and analysis of students' works, an analysis of a contemporary Australian work composed by Stefan Cassomenos, and performance and discussion of repertoire commissioned by PLEXUS, from both international and local composers.

www.limelightmagazine.com.au/content/australian-composition-seminar-2017

Sep
8
6:00 pm18:00

PLEXUS: Provenance

  • Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

MICHAEL BAKRNČEV  new work  (world premiere)
STEPHEN CHATMAN  Trio  (2001)
ELLIOTT GYGER  new work  (world premiere)
PAUL HINDEMITH  Clarinet Quartet  (1938)
LINDA KOUVARAS  new work  (world premiere)

featuring PLEXUS
with guest artist Michelle Wood (cello)

Tickets: $39 adults / $29 concession
(Three-concert package: $99 adults / $72 Concession)

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PLEXUS celebrates the artistic richness and depth of our amazing city by offering three world premieres from three stellar Melbourne composers. Michael Bakrnčev, Elliott Gyger and Linda Kouvaras will share their compositional wonders, and take us on their three very distinct musical journeys. PLEXUS continues to pay homage to the Verdehr Trio by presenting another of their commissions Trio (2001) by the eminent Canadian composer Stephen Chatman. The provenance of this piece is the fragrant world of jazz as shown in his exuberant offering of three movements titled Scales, Blues and Dance. For the grand finale, PLEXUS is joined by the exquisite cellist Michelle Wood as we unearth a rare gem – the Hindemith Clarinet Quartet from 1938. This gorgeous piece clearly crowns Hindemith as the natural successor to the throne of great German compositional tradition, following Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.

PLEXUS: Provenance is co-presented with Melbourne Recital Centre as part of their 2017 Southbank Series.

Oct
27
1:00 pm13:00

VICTORIAN OPERA: Three Tales

  • Victorian Opera (Horti Hall)

Victorian Opera presents a live-streamed event, continuing its exploration of the digital sphere with a rare glimpse into the process of developing a new opera. In this unique event, the audience is invited into the rehearsal room as highlights of three new Australian works are performed after a week long workshop.

Based on Flaubert’s Trois Contes or Three Tales, leading Australian composers Stefan Cassomenos, Dermot Tutty, and Katie Noonan and Zac Hurren will each interpret one tale as the basis for a short new work. Lauded ensemble PLEXUS provide accompaniment to specialist singers.

These three chamber operas are to be staged in Victorian Opera’s 2018 Season. This is an exclusive insight into the creative process of Australia’s leading commissioner and producer of new opera and your chance to offer feedback that directly contributes to Victorian Opera’s 2018 Season.

A Simple Heart
Composers  Katie Noonan and Zac Hurren

The Legend of Saint Julian the Hospitalier
Composer  Dermot Tutty

Hérodias
Composer  Stefan Cassomenos

Nov
13
6:00 pm18:00

PLEXUS: Prophecy

  • Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

BRENTON BROADSTOCK  new work  (world premiere)
CHRISTINE McCOMBE  new work  (world premiere)
CHRISTIAN O’BRIEN  new work  (world premiere)
BRIGHT SHENG  Tibetan Dance  (2001)
RICHARD STRAUSS  Four Last Songs  (1948, arr. Cassomenos)

featuring PLEXUS
with guest artists Deborah Cheetham (soprano), Michelle Wood (cello), and Damien Eckersley (double bass)

Tickets: $39 adults / $29 concession
(Three-concert package: $99 adults / $72 Concession)

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PLEXUS continues its celebration of wonderful Melbourne artists with a program which includes three world premieres by three esteemed and very diverse composers – Brenton Broadstock, Christine McCombe, and Christian O’Brien. PLEXUS continues on its mission to perform works commissioned by the Verdehr Trio, with the Tibetan Dance (2001) by Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng. The composer writes: “The first two movements of the work are in reminiscence, as if one is hearing songs from a distant memory. The work is anchored on the last movement, when the music gradually becomes real. Here, the music is based on a Tibetan folk dance motive from Qinghai, a Chinese province bordered with Tibet.” PLEXUS joins forces with extraordinary guest artists Deborah Cheetham (soprano), Michelle Wood (cello), and Damien Eckersley (double bass), in Stefan Cassomenos’ intimate arrangement of the exquisite Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss.

PLEXUS: Prophecy is co-presented with Melbourne Recital Centre as part of their 2017 Southbank Series.


Feb
9
7:30 pm19:30

PLEXUS: Brunswick Beethoven Festival

  • Brunswick Uniting Church

PLEXUS presents three world premieres by Australian composers, alongside other works commissioned by the ensemble, and welcomes esteemed soprano Merlyn Quaife as special guest artist. Featured composers include Gordon Kerry, Stefan Cassomenos, and the 2017 recipient of the New Music Network LAB Plexus Commission, Jessop Maticevski-Shumack.

For ticket information, please visit brunswickbeethovenfestival.org.au

For information about the New Music Network LAB Plexus Commission, click here

Dec
6
6:00 pm18:00

PLEXUS: Propulsion

  • Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

PLEXUS presents a dynamic premiere performance of the works of five cutting edge figures from the jazz starship, whose unique voices propel the clarinet trio genre into the stratosphere and beyond. These five superstars, whilst inhabiting the same constellation, shine brightly in their own individual ways. Join us all as we make the jump to light speed in this high-octane finale to another year of frontier-busting compositional exploration.

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Nov
13
2:30 pm14:30

PLEXUS at Macedon Music

  • Lowland Farm

Macedon Music is the musical centre of the Macedon Ranges, providing a high standard of live music to residents and visitors in a unique rural setting. Internationally acclaimed ensembles and soloists perform regularly at Lowland Farm in the intimacy of a room which seats 90 people, overlooking the surrounding countryside. PLEXUS looks forward to performing works by Robert Davidson, Tony Gould, Ian Munro, Julian Yu, Allan Zavod, and Eli Simic-Prosic. Click on the event title for more information.

Oct
31
1:30 pm13:30

PLEXUS at Beleura

  • The Tallis Pavilion, Beleura House, Mornington

PLEXUS returns to Beleura to perform Stravinsky's epic Soldier's Tale, alongside works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, John Tallis, Thomas Reiner, and a world premiere by featured Australian composer Kitty Xiao. Click on the event title for programme information.

Sep
3
Sep 4

NERVOUS: A Collaboratorium

  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Nervous is an interdisciplinary and collaborative installation and performance project, conceived by sculptor Heather B Swann, with poetry by Kevin Brophy and music composed by Thomas Green. Click on the event title for more information.

Aug
10
6:00 pm18:00

PLEXUS: Polyphony

  • Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

PLEXUS celebrates the prodigious talent of five significant emerging composers from around the world in this joyful concert which unites youthful exuberance with the glory of the human voice. Together with three instrumental world premieres, this event also features two brand new choral works commissioned especially for the combined forces of PLEXUS and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School Chamber Choir.

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May
11
6:00 pm18:00

PLEXUS: Pulsations

  • Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

PLEXUS presents five world premieres by composers hailing from five diverse cities in a celebration of the pulsating energy that courses through the veins of modern urban life. These inspired artists, from five very different backgrounds and stylistic visions, represent a fascinating cross section of today’s compositional landscape.

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Dec
2
7:30 pm19:30

PLEXUS SQUARED: obstiNation

POSTPONED TO 2016 – stay tuned for further details!

PLEXUS collaborates with some of Melbourne’s finest instrumentalists to bring you an other worldly experience, combining the trance inducing world of minimalist music with a visual feast of superb lighting installation. This event features a world premiere by Brisbane composer Thomas Green, alongside works by Louis Andriessen, Terry Riley, Gavin Bryars, and Arvo Pärt.

Sep
21
6:00 pm18:00

PLEXUS: Panorama

  • Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

PLEXUS presents a panoramic picture of the contemporary compositional landscape, spanning two hemispheres and traversing a variety of individual stylistic terrains. Join the ensemble as they set out on an epic expedition to rediscover the vibrancy and creativity of these five celebrated composers, for this grand finale to a year of cutting edge musical exploration.

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Aug
11
8:00 pm20:00

PLEXUS SQUARED: Revelations

  • Deakin Edge, Federation Square

PLEXUS collaborates with three extraordinary vocal soloists, Liane Keegan (contralto), Deborah Cheetham (soprano) and Daniel Carison (bass-baritone), as well as the entire Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir conducted by Andrew Wailes, and two renowned chamber musicians Michelle Wood (cello) and Damien Eckersley (double bass). We delve deep into the themes of death, transfiguration, redemption and revelation, with two world premieres and a new arrangement of Richard Strauss’ exquisite Four Last Songs.

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Jul
1
6:00 pm18:00

PLEXUS: Progressions

  • Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

PLEXUS curates a concert featuring new works by five luminaries of the jazz world, whose backgrounds bring a unique flavour to the clarinet trio genre. These five composers, whilst drawing on a shared provenance, inhabit different facets of the jazz prism, and this concert presents glittering reflections of their very individual perspectives.

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May
20
7:30 pm19:30

PLEXUS SQUARED: The Launch

  • Deakin Edge, Federation Square

PLEXUS announces a brand new three-concert series at Deakin Edge, PLEXUS SQUARED, where we share our exhilaration of collaboration with extraordinary performers from different quadrants of the artistic universe. To launch the series, we feature world premieres by two exciting young Australian composers, alongside collaborations with legendary actors Helen Morse and Paul English, two of the brightest stars in the constellation of Australian theatre.

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Mar
16
6:00 pm18:00

PLEXUS: Post-Patriarchal

  • Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

PLEXUS pays special tribute to International Women’s Day, shining the spotlight on the newest musical creations of five brilliant women. Hailing from Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, and Hobart, these five composers are representative of a cross-section of the powerhouse that is the world of female composition in Australia.

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Nov
30
4:00 pm16:00

PLEXUS: St Martin's

  • St Martin's Hawksburn

St Martin's Hawksburn presents PLEXUS in a program of classics alongside newly commissioned works. Join us for wine and cheese after the show! 

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Nov
24
6:00 pm18:00

PLEXUS: Spotlight

  • Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

PLEXUS returns to the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon to present the world premieres of five works by major composers hailing from Australia and overseas. Featured as part of the MRC's Spotlight series, this concert includes music by Larry Sitsky, Robert Davidson, Julian Yu, Gerard Brophy, and José Hernan Cibils.

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Oct
27
7:30 pm19:30

PLEXUS: Heliosonic

  • Lithuanian Club Theatre

PLEXUS presents the world premieres of five works by diverse composers hailing from Australia and around the world. Heliosonic explores the contrasting world of light and shade, the states of alertness and dreaming, the alpha and omega of human consciousness. This extravaganza features new works by Sean O’Boyle, Nick Buc, Michael Knopf, Adrian Hollay, and Rob Cossom, and the program is embraced at each end by the music of the late Peter Sculthorpe, to whom we respectfully pay homage. PLEXUS is joined for this concert by award-winning cellist Michelle Wood.

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Oct
19
1:00 pm13:00

PLEXUS: Sunday Live at ABC

  • Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre

PLEXUS appears as part of ABC Sunday Live series, broadcast nationally on ABC Classic FM. This concert features a world premiere of a new song cycle by established New Zealand composer Brigid Ursula Bisley, commissioned by PLEXUS, and featuring sublime tenor Christopher Saunders. Presented alongside are well known works by Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon, and the much-loved Khachaturian, as well as Gordon Kerry’s cantata The End of Many Worlds, which also features Christopher Saunders, and was commissioned and premiered by PLEXUS in April 2014.

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Oct
11
3:30 pm15:30

PLEXUS: Port Fairy Spring Festival

  • Reardon Theatre, Port Fairy

PLEXUS is delighted to be presented as part of the 25th Port Fairy Spring Festival. This special concert features well-known works by Khachaturian, Debussy, Beethoven, and Schumann, together with a fitting tribute to the late great Peter Sculthorpe with a performance of his trio From Nourlangie, as well as Gordon Kerry’s cantata The End of Many Worlds, which features sublime tenor Christopher Saunders, and was commissioned and premiered by PLEXUS in April 2014.

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Jun
8
2:00 pm14:00

PLEXUS: Lyrebird Commission Concert

  • Wyselaskie Auditorium

This special concert, presented by the Lyrebird Music Society, features the world premiere of The Lyrebird in my Piano by Richard Grantham, which he has written especially for PLEXUS as the award-winner of the 2014 Lyrebird Commission. Presented alongside are trios, duos and solos by Finzi, Messiaen, Ives, and Beethoven, as well as Charles Hoag's fun and popular work SweetMelancholy (lostyourdolly) SlowDragRag rounding off this delightfully diverse program.

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Jun
1
7:30 pm19:30

PLEXUS: Medley Hall

  • Medley Hall

Presented as part of the Medley Recital Series 2014, this concert centrally features works by Iain Grandage, Paul Dean and Ian Whitney, three major highlights from the ten world premieres so far commissioned and performed by PLEXUS. Presented alongside is Ives Largo, one of the earliest serious forays into the clarinet trio genre, as well as two of the most popular works commissioned by the major American commissioning ensemble The Verdehr Trio, whose work PLEXUS seeks to celebrate and continue.

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Apr
2
6:00 pm18:00

PLEXUS: Pantheon

  • Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

PLEXUS presents the world premieres of five works by major Australian composers, bonded together through the inspiration of the world's diverse mythologies. Their music spawns variously from the pantheon of the ancient Greeks and Romans, the enigmatic world of the Celts, and the mystical culture of this country’s first peoples. Acclaimed Australian tenor Christopher Saunders joins PLEXUS for two works in this concert.

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Feb
24
7:00 pm19:00

PLEXUS: We have lift off

  • fortyfivedownstairs

PLEXUS launches at fortyfivedownstairs with the world premieres of five Australian composers, the Australian premiere of a film by New York film-maker Natalya Cohen, and the talents of two guest artists, acclaimed soprano Judith Dodsworth, and award-winning cellist Michelle Wood. Join us for this one of a kind epic event, as PLEXUS blasts off on its landmark journey of creative discovery. And everyone is invited for celebratory drinks and supper in the venue after the performance!

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