The Ashes - Melbourne Recital Centre

Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Sporting history is full of intense rivalries. This competitive spirit is most apparent in The Ashes Test cricket series between England and Australia. Ever since English cricket ‘died at the oval’ (The Sporting Times) following Australia’s epic victory in 1882, resulting in a ridiculous mock obituary and the creation of the mythic urn, (most likely holding the ashes of a cricket ball), Aussies have leapt at the prospect of beating the Brits again. Igniting the same atmosphere of one-upmanship, Nexas Quartet performs some of the best British compositions for saxophone quartet head-to-head with stellar new works by Australian composers. If cricket is anything to go by, this high-energy concert could quickly become the stuff of legend.

Standard $40 ($29 Concession)

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.

$50

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) .

$52

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

$50