PLEXUS: Medley Hall

  • Medley Hall 48 Drummond St Carlton, VIC, 3053 Australia

Jennifer HIGDON  DASH  (2001)
Charles HOAG SweetMelancholy(lostyourdolly) SlowDragRag  (1990)
Ian WHITNEY  Tanzendanses  (2014)
Iain GRANDAGE The Keep  (2014)
Charles IVES  Largo  (1934)
Paul DEAN  Fragmented Journeys  (2014)

Tickets:  $25 Full  /  $15 Concession
Email bookings:  medleyhall-info@unimelb.edu.au
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Presented as part of the Medley Recital Series 2014, this concert centrally features three major highlights from the ten world premieres so far commissioned and performed by PLEXUS.

Ian Whitney’s Tanzendanses is the first work written for PLEXUS. Inspired by the traditional Baroque suite genre, it features four movements entitled Allemande, Courante, Sarabande and Gigue. The traditional tics and mannerisms of each dance are a starting point for an accessibly wide palette of artistic expression. At times fun, mysterious, graceful, and cheeky, this work is a favourite with audiences.

Iain Grandage’s The Keep is inspired by Tim Winton’s novel The Riders, the basis of Grandage’s upcoming opera. The legendary Riders are central to many myths in ancient Europe. They first appear to the novel’s central character Scully as he wanders below a ruined castle’s Keep. This exciting piece quotes the folk song Raglan Road which Winton sows throughout his novel.

Paul Dean’s Fragmented Journeys features musical portraits of four compelling journeys drawn from the composer’s own experience, including a first visit to a relative in a nursing home, and a reaction to a horrific story of a friend’s high speed trip in an ambulance to a hospital with their son after a car accident.

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.