Gala Concert - Orange Chamber Music Festival

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Orange Regional Conservatorium, 73A Hill Street, Orange NSW 2800

The Opening Night Gala Concert features all ensembles and artists of the OCMF 2021.

In the true spirit of Chamber Music, the works featured at this event range from Duos, Trios, Quartets and Quintets by resident and guest artists, including two Australian compositions by Jessica Wells and the world premiere of a new work by Lyle Chan, especially dedicated to the Resident Ensembles of the Orange Chamber Music Festival 2021: the Nexas Quartet and Acacia Quartet.


Orange Chamber Music Festival - Woodwind Q&A

Orange Regional Conservatorium, 73A Hill Street, Orange NSW 2800

A relaxed conversation and demonstration open to all audiences. Featuring the Festival Winds (guest artists of OCMF 2021) talking about all things woodwind and their journey as young performers in Australia and abroad.

Jay Byrnes (moderator) Featured Artists: Lloyd Van't Hoff Matthew Kneale Frank Giraldo David Shaw The Nexas Quartet

Tango de Saxos - Orange Chamber Music Festival

Orange Civic Theatre, 135 Byng Street, Orange NSW 2800

Celebrate the Centenary of Astor Piazzolla with Nexas Quartet and friends, as they take you on a journey through the history of Tango, from the formative years and Golden Age to Tango Nuevo. This show will guide you through the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires, a night you won’t forget.

Be entranced by the Rhythms and Sounds of Buenos Aires with this unique program, featuring Piazzolla's classic Angel Suite and the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Take a journey through the hectic streets of Buenos Aires from the early 1920s to the modern day through the sounds of the Nexas Quartet.

Featured Artists: Michael Duke (soprano saxophone) Andrew Smith (alto saxophone) Nathan Henshaw (tenor saxophone) Jay Byrnes (baritone saxophone) Daniel Rojas (piano) Stephen Cuttriss (bandoneon) .


The Ashes - Blackheath Chamber Music Festival

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Phillips Hall, 41 Gardiner Crescent, Blackheath, NSW 2785

“Utterly startling…adrenaline fuelled. 4.5 stars.” – Limelight Magazine. ‘The Ashes’, a special Lunch Hour concert, has been moved to Phillips Hall (and will not be performed in the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens). At the forefront of chamber music, Nexas Quartet are leaders, not only in promoting existing repertoire for the saxophone quartet, but in creating new ones. The group’s success comes from a combination of entertaining personalities, virtuosic saxophone skills, and their ability to program concerts that appeal to wide audiences, performed in a variety of settings. ‘The Ashes’ references Australia’s cricket series with England, and music by English and Australian composers forms this dynamic program.

ARTISTS Michael Duke: Soprano saxophone Andrew Smith: Alto saxophone Nathan Henshaw: Tenor saxophone Jay Byrnes: Baritone saxophone

PROGRAM | The Ashes Tim Dargaville | Kolam Richard Rodeny Bennett | Quartet Lyle Chan | In medias res Will Gregory | Lost Bronze Selections from Kats-Chernin | From Anna Magdalena’s Notebook


AFCM - Opening Night

Townsville Civic Centre, Townsville, QLD

Let the parade begin! For our opening concert, we acknowledge the Wulgurukaba people on whose land we meet with our first Festival commission. Welcome Yorta Yorta composer, Deborah Cheetham. This program combines our beautiful heritage with sheer exuberance, so let 23 amazing musicians guide you through a vibrant 5 country cavalcade - opening night is always special! Concert Host ,


DEBORAH CHEETHAM AO Nginda Ngarrini Bi Ngya , ,

LUTOSLAWSKI Variations on a Theme of Paganini for Two Pianos ,


FELIX MENDELSSOHN Octet in E-flat major for Strings, Op. 20

Concert Conversations 1 - Australian Chamber Music Festival

St Patrick's Auditorium, Townsville, QLD

About this event:

A brand new venue to kick off our first concert conversation this year! St Patrick’s College has a brand new purpose built hall and have graciously sponsored this weekend. Russell Torrance chats with Zoë Black, David Greco, Nexas Quartet, Imants Larsens, Lloyd Van’t Hoff and Deborah Cheetham.


MAX BRUCH Romantic Piece No. 5 for clarinet, viola and piano, Op. 83 , ,

MAX BRUCH Romantic Piece No. 7 for clarinet, viola and piano, Op. 83 , ,

HUGO WOLF Fussreise from Morike Lieder “Auf ein altes Bild” (To an Ancient Picture) ,

HUGO WOLF Fussreise from Morike Lieder “Gesegnet Sei” (Be Blessed) ,

HUGO WOLF Fussreise from Morike Lieder “Verborgenheit” (Seclusion) ,

PÄRT Fratres for Violin and Piano