Musica Viva present 'An American in Paris' with the Nexas Quartet

Concert Hall - The Concourse, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood

The ‘American in Paris’, from whom this program draws its title, is George Gershwin himself. Inspired by the sounds he heard in France’s capital in 1926, his lively orchestral work An American in Paris lies at the heart of this colourful program for saxophone quartet. Nexas are one of Australia’s foremost saxophone ensembles, dedicated to putting the classical saxophone back on musical radars everywhere. These versatile woodwind instruments, invented in France, can sound like anything from brass to percussion and everywhere in between – simply close your eyes and be transported.

An American in Paris - Orange Chamber Music Festival

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

Presented in Association with the Orange Regional Conservatorium and Musica Viva.

The ‘American in Paris’, from whom this program draws its title, is George Gershwin himself. Inspired by the sounds he heard in France’s capital in 1926, his lively orchestral work An American in Paris lies at the heart of this colourful program for saxophone quartet.

Nexas are one of Australia’s foremost saxophone ensembles, dedicated to putting the classical saxophone back on musical radars everywhere. These versatile woodwind instruments, invented in France, can sound like anything from brass to percussion and everywhere in between – simply close your eyes and be transported.

Opening Gala - Orange Chamber Music Festival

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

The Inaugural Orange Chamber Music Festival 2020 is an initiative developed by a collective of professional classical musicians from diverse chamber music backgrounds, from the Acacia Quartet to the Nexas Quartet, and everything in between.

Having residence in Orange, these artists have come together to create a new platform for chamber music performance, as well as connecting with the already diverse and expanding cultural scene of Orange.

The aim is to establish a Regional Chamber Music Festival within the beautiful surroundings of Orange, highlighting not only its vibrant cultural community but the extensive and refined hospitality network within this gem of the Central West.

Join us in creating this new space, support your local artists and indulge your senses with world class performances, good company and enjoy the wide range of food and drink that makes Orange such unique place to visit, all year round.

The Chamber Project

Soultrap Bar, 70-72 Campbell St, Surry Hills

Eat. Drink. Listen. Merging classical music with urban life, The Chamber Project brings extraordinary musical experiences to a unique, familiar setting. Together with Soultrap, we aim to give you the best way to experience this music—close up, well nourished, in comfort.

Tickets available early 2020.

Nyman, Fitkin and Wilson - Hunters Hill Music Club

Hunters Hill Town Hall , 22 Alexandria Street, Hunters Hill NSW 2110

Events details coming soon.

Program: Jonathan Dove - Tuning in - 12'

Ian Wilson - So Softly - 8'

Richard Rodney Bennett - Saxophone Quartet - 15'

Will Gregory - Lost Bronze - 10'

INTERMISSION

Barbara Thompson - White - 6'

Michael Nyman - Songs for Tony - 18'

Graham Fitkin - Stub - 10'

Gavin Whitlock - Celtic Suite - 9'

Composers in Exile presented JMT Touring & Musica Viva - Jetty Theatre

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Jetty Memorial Theatre, 337 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbor NSW 2450

Composers in exile is a musical and theatrical exploration of one of the darkest times in European history. As the Weimar Republic descended into chaos, the people escaped into hedonistic abandon and an explosion of creativity. Under this easy cover, the Nazi Party slowly slithered into power. With Hitler’s ascent Germany’s greatest composers fled to seek freedom in the four corners of the world.

Peter Coleman-Wright and Nexas Quartet take audiences on a musical journey following these exiles from Berlin and Vienna to New York and beyond with a mixture of political songs from the turbulent times prior to World War 11, the musical theatre of Weill and the cabaret and song from Stolz and Schreker.

These songs capture the spirit of the times: defiant, soulful and searching, but also capable of moments of exuberant joy and hope.

“A musically rich and entertaining step back into the Weimar Era…… Well worth checking out. 4.5 out of 5 stars“ Limelight Magazine

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

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Townsville QLD

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is a friendly, unique and internationally acclaimed event presenting a 10 day program of over 30 concerts and special events. Experience the world’s finest chamber musicians performing in various combinations exclusively in the tropical winter warmth of Townsville, North Queensland.

Five Chapters - Nexas Quartet with Willoughby Symphony

Concert Hall - The Concourse, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood

Saturday 19 September, 7pm

Sunday 20 September, 2pm

Dr Nicholas Milton AM conductor

Nexas Saxophone Quartet saxophone

Willoughby Symphony Orchestra

Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain

Kats-Chernin Five Chapters [Australian Premiere]

Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64

Spend a terrifying Night on Bald Mountain with Dr Nicholas Milton AM and the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra this September as they conjure the dark spirits in Modest Mussorgsky’s demonic tone poem. Then join Sydney’s very own Nexas Saxophone Quartet with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra for the Australian premiere of beloved Australian composer (and former Willoughby composer-in-residence) Elena Kats-Chernin’s Five Chapters, originally written for the world famous Raschèr Saxophone Quartet. Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony opens with a haunting clarinet melody, the ‘Fate’ theme that binds the whole symphony together. Fresh from recent successes, including the 1812 Overture, his Violin Concerto and the stunning opera Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky was anxious to prove that he was not played out, and the result was

one of music’s most personal and profound symphonies. “It has turned out well,” Tchaikovsky said. Don’t miss what promises to be a powerful performance.

Five Chapters - Nexas Quartet with Willoughby Symphony

Concert Hall - The Concourse, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood

Saturday 19 September, 7pm

Sunday 20 September, 2pm

Dr Nicholas Milton AM conductor

Nexas Saxophone Quartet saxophone

Willoughby Symphony Orchestra

Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain

Kats-Chernin Five Chapters [Australian Premiere]

Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64

Spend a terrifying Night on Bald Mountain with Dr Nicholas Milton AM and the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra this September as they conjure the dark spirits in Modest Mussorgsky’s demonic tone poem. Then join Sydney’s very own Nexas Saxophone Quartet with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra for the Australian premiere of beloved Australian composer (and former Willoughby composer-in-residence) Elena Kats-Chernin’s Five Chapters, originally written for the world famous Raschèr Saxophone Quartet. Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony opens with a haunting clarinet melody, the ‘Fate’ theme that binds the whole symphony together. Fresh from recent successes, including the 1812 Overture, his Violin Concerto and the stunning opera Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky was anxious to prove that he was not played out, and the result was

one of music’s most personal and profound symphonies. “It has turned out well,” Tchaikovsky said. Don’t miss what promises to be a powerful performance.

Bravo Cruise 2020

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Serenade of the Seas, Sydney, Noumea

Presenting Australia’s all-encompassing performing arts cruise, BRAVO – returning in 2020 featuring a spectacular program of over 45 artists. You will be thrilled with seven nights of music that traverses musical theatre, opera, cabaret, jazz and much more…

Guests will have the opportunity to experience performances by world-class International and Australian acts, all whilst cruising the enchanting South Pacific Islands of New Caledonia. Departing Sydney from 13-20 October 2020, passengers will enjoy the opulence and indulgence of Royal Caribbeans luxurious Serenade of the Seas. Featuring seven unique performance venues to be explored and experienced, this will be an experience like no other.

An Enchanted Evening - Nexas Quartet with Emily Grainger

Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Nexas join forces with the exuberant harpist Emily Granger to enchant you with the delights this unusual combination of instruments can deliver. Featuring adaptions of works by Debussy and Ravel the performance showcases the lush tonal palette created between harp and saxophone. The program also includes the Australian premiere of Russel Howard’s work for saxophone quartet and harp, as well as the world premiere of Wijand van Klaveren’s new work for this combination of instruments.