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PLEXUS: Phosphorescence

  • Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre 31 Sturt Street, Melbourne Ph: 03 9699 3333 (map)

GAVIN BRYARS Sub Rosa (1986)
THOMAS GREEN new work (world premiere)
GEORGES LENTZ Nguurraa (2001)
KATE MOORE new work (world premiere)
FREDERIC RZEWSKI Coming Together (1971)
JOSEPH SCHWANTNER Music of Amber (1980)

featuring PLEXUS
with guest artists Hannah Coleman (recorder), Gerry Connolly (spoken voice), Damien Eckersley (double bass), Brent Miller (percussion), Eliza Shephard (flute), Michelle Wood (cello) and light artist Kit Webster.

Tickets: $50 adults / $40 concession
(Three-concert package: $126 adults / $102 Concession)


PLEXUS is joined by an array of guest instrumentalists, as well as celebrated actor Gerry Connolly, as it presents a concert of ethereal music, performed synchronously with a newly commissioned phosphorescent installation by light artist Kit Webster. Luxembourg-born Australian composer Georges Lentz transports us to the realm of his self-described ‘mystic sound web’ with Nguurraa, which forms part of his magnum opus Mysterium, inspired by Pythagoras’ poetic notion of the Music of the Spheres. American composer and poet Joseph Schwantner responds to his own poem Sanctuary with his gleaming Music of Amber“Sanctuary. . . deep forests, a play of shadows, most ancient murmurings from a dark millennium, the trembling fragrance of the music of amber. . .” English composer Gavin Bryars awakens a radiant sense of other-worldly space with Sub Rosa, and American composer Frederic Rzewski exalts the crushed voice of the oppressed with Coming Together, his epic setting of the letters of Sam Melville, an inmate killed in the 1971 Attica Prison Rebellion. Presented alongside are two newly commissioned world premieres by acclaimed Australian composers Thomas Green and Kate Moore.

PLEXUS: Phosphorescence is co-presented with Melbourne Recital Centre as part of their 2019 Southbank Series.

Earlier Event: February 21
PLEXUS: Brunswick Beethoven Festival 2019
Later Event: June 24
PLEXUS: Psalmodic