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September 2017

PLEXUS: Provenance

8 September 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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PLEXUS celebrates the artistic richness and depth of our amazing city by offering three world premieres from three stellar Melbourne composers.

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Flinders Quartet: Death & the Maiden

28 September 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia

Tickets: Standard $50 ($40 Concession) Flinders Quartet is instantly recognisable as one of Australia’s most loved chamber ensembles. A quartet for the 21st century, Flinders continues its second decade with acknowledged musical skill and maturity. Their dynamic and stirring performances of broad repertoire have earned them high praise from both audiences and critics with the Quartet now a highly respected force in Australian chamber music. Program: Richard Mills - String Quartet No.4 Franz Schubert - Die Winterreise (arr. Calvin Bowman)…

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October 2017

Rubiks Collective | 75 Years: A Portrait of Meredith Monk

23 October 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
$29 – $39

Melbourne’s vibrant contemporary art music ensemble Rubiks presents 75 Years: A Portrait of Meredith Monk. In Monk’s world, “voices are like instruments and instruments are like voices”. ‘Gotham Lullaby’ and ‘Urban March’ showcase the charming melodies, wordless vocalising and astonishing range that have defined Monk’s works for singers, while ‘Backlight’ is an exploration of breath and colour in instrumental writing. Tendrils of melody and modal harmonies weave together in ‘Realm Variations’, representing the newest chapter in this fearless artist’s ever-evolving…

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November 2017

PLEXUS: Prophecy

13 November 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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PLEXUS continues its celebration of wonderful Melbourne artists with a program which includes three world premieres by three esteemed and very diverse composers

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February 2018

Ensemble Three: Undercurrents

19 February 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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$29 – $39

Described as ‘an inspiring example of forward-thinking classical music culture’ (CutCommon), Ensemble Three takes in influences from genres as diverse as jazz, popular, avant-garde and traditional classical. The ensemble’s innovative programming and engaging presentation style has earned acclaim from their concerts in Australia, Asia, and the U.S.A., as well as Melbourne Recital Centre’s Contemporary Masters Award. Undercurrents combines new works in a program that explores fragile and subtle textures alongside more robust sound worlds. Drawing inspiration from the natural world,…

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Flinders Quartet: Must it be? (Muss es sein?)

28 February 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Launching the year’s focus on Mendelssohn, FQ has commissioned John to arrange some of Mendelssohn’s songs for string quartet.

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March 2018

Evergreen Ensemble: Autumn Airs

7 March 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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With a passion for early and modern repertoire and an ability to seamlessly cross the genres and performance styles of folk and art-music, Evergreen Ensemble is an up-and-coming ensemble with a unique musical language.

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April 2018

Waves + Lines | Rubiks Collective

20 April 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
$29 – $39

Melbourne’s vibrant contemporary art music ensemble Rubiks presents Waves + Lines - a multimedia song cycle for soprano, electronics and chamber ensemble by Princeton-based composer Gemma Peacocke (NZ/USA), adapted from Eliza Griswold’s book, I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan. The ultraconservative regime of the Taliban has meant that the lives of Afghan women have been largely invisible to the outside world. Landays, poems comprising of a single rhyming couplet on subjects like love, grief, home and war,…

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Rubiks Collective: Waves + Lines

20 April 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Ticket Prices: $39/$29 Waves + Lines is a multimedia song cycle for soprano, electronics and chamber ensemble by Princeton-based composer Gemma Peacocke (NZ/USA), adapted from Eliza Griswold’s book, I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan. The ultraconservative regime of the Taliban has meant that the lives of Afghan women have been largely invisible to the outside world. Landays, poems comprising of a single rhyming couplet on subjects like love, grief, home and war, offer a surprising…

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July 2018

QUARTZ “Modern Inventions”

30 July 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
$29 – $39

Quartz is a fresh and exciting ensemble on the Australian music scene. It unites four highly acclaimed Melbourne musicians - Kathryn Taylor and Philippa West (violin), Merewyn Bramble (viola) and Zoe Wallace (cello). These vibrant musicians give their programs an innovative edge and unique appeal by combining classic string quartet repertoire alongside lesser known works, including collaborations with artists such as Caroline Almonte, Marshall McGuire, Nick Dinopolous and Sally-Anne Russell. Quartz recorded for the Tall Poppies label and quickly enjoyed…

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September 2018

PLEXUS | Parallel

25 September 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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PLEXUS brings together the talents of three of Australia’s most vibrant and versatile musicians, violinist Monica Curro, clarinetist Philip Arkinstall and pianist Stefan Cassomenos, with the goal of commissioning and celebrating Australian and international composers.

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October 2018

Evergreen Ensemble: Snow in Summer

9 October 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Evergreen Ensemble pays homage to the music of the cold and windswept landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and Islands, as well exploring their Scandinavian ties.

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November 2018

Flinders Quartet: Is it True? (Ist es wahr?)

8 November 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Mendelssohn was fascinated by Beethoven as a teenager and his Op. 13 string quartet draws on inspiration from this great master, as well as his own song Frage which asks the question “Ist es wahr?”

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December 2018

PLEXUS | Perpendicular

3 December 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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PLEXUS brings together the talents of three of Australia’s most vibrant and versatile musicians, violinist Monica Curro, clarinetist Philip Arkinstall and pianist Stefan Cassomenos, with the goal of commissioning and celebrating Australian and international composers.

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February 2019

Evergreen Ensemble: Flying Dutchman Sessions

18 February 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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flying dutchman sessions

Special guest Krishna Nagaraja joins Evergreen Ensemble on Baroque viola with folk baroque music from Sweden and Finland.

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April 2019

Strelitzia Trio: Dedications

1 April 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Tickets: Adult $39 | Concession $29 Program: Joseph Haydn | Piano Trio Op.86, No.1 in C, Hob. XV/27 Elena Kats-Chernin | Calliope Dreaming for Piano Trio Dmitry Shostakovich | Piano Trio Op.67, No.2 in E minor Strelitzia, in partnership with the Melbourne Recital Centre, is excited to present their Melbourne debut concert Dedications as a beautiful homage to the inspiration and poignancy of friendship. In this program, Strelitzia explores piano trios of extraordinary emotion, each inspired by someone important to the composer. From…

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May 2019

The Song Company: Power Chords Attached

13 May 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Tickets: Adult $65 | Concession $60 | Under 30 $40 Join The Song Company and Melbourne metal band The Omnific with the rising bass guitar duo, Matthew Fackrell and Toby Peterson-Stewart in Power Chords Attached playing the sounds of 12th-century composer Magister Pérotin for the second national tour for 2019. Song Company singers join forces with The Omnific for a resonant mix of plainchant, dynamic basslines, and 12th-century organum from Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. An ethereal and earthy combination of…

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June 2019

Plexus Collective: Psalmodic

24 June 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Tickets: $50 adults | $40 concession PLEXUS heralds its newly minted choral ensemble, Vox Plexus, as guest artists for a world premiere arrangement of Stravinsky’s epic neoclassical masterpiece Symphony of Psalms, a Russian émigré’s response to the atheism of his motherland. Of the same decade, but from the opposite pole of the Soviet aesthetic sphere are drawn selections from Shostakovich’s lush Suites for Jazz Orchestra, in a world premiere reimagining for PLEXUS. Shostakovich’s onetime pupil Galina Ustvolskaya was later acknowledged…

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July 2019

Hush

3 July 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
$29 – $39

"Hush now, baby. Don't say a word. Now it's time for the women's turn." - Don't Say a Word, Annika Socolofsky Rubiks present five contemporary works exploring the power of voice, breath and gesture. Australian composer Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh’s ‘The thin air between skins’ explores shimmering, nuanced exchanges between performers, Annika Socolofsky’s feminist rager lullaby invokes the fragility and fury of the female voice, and Dmitri Tymoczko’s electroacoustic song cycle 'Ghosts' remixes the words of poet Emily Dickinson to surreal…

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August 2019

Flinders Quartet: Shostakovich – through the lens of the string quartet

5 August 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Selected movements from the string quartets of Shostakovich, curated by Flinders Quartet with dramaturge, Richard Piper.

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Kenny Broberg in recital

21 August 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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$59

American pianist Kenny Broberg is set to return to Australia for a special recital, presented by the Sydney International Piano Competition (The Sydney). Broberg is an extraordinary young artist who, at the age of 25, already has an impressive number of awards under his belt. He was recently a grand finalist and was awarded Third Prize at the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, which compliments his Silver Medal win at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and…

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October 2019

Strelitzia Ensemble | First Impressions

7 October 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Tickets: Adult $39 | Concession $29 Strelitzia is delighted to return to the Primrose Potter Salon presenting the music of four powerful female voices. Join them for an exploration of Armenian folk-infused dance by Gayaneh Tchebodarian, the exquisite and intense trio of Jennifer Higdon, Alicia Grant's evocative piece Lighthouse and the formidable masterpiece trio of Fanny Mendelssohn. The essence of these extraordinary works is rooted in themes of perception; from synesthesia to impressionism and the assertion of one's own originality…

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Evergreen Ensemble: Baroque Birds & Beasts

14 October 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Seamlessly cross the genres and performance styles of folk and art-music with Evergreen Ensemble

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Flinders Quartet with Genevieve Lacey & Hao Zheng | Translations

16 October 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Flinders Quartet

Tickets: Standard $50 | Concession $40 Melbourne’s Flinders Quartet is instantly recognisable as one of Australia’s most loved chamber music ensembles. Its dynamic performances run the full spectrum of repertoire and leave audiences and critics expressing their praise: ‘We are indeed fortunate to have resident in Australia a quartet of this very high calibre’ - classikON. A quartet for the 21st century, Flinders supports emerging Australian composers and musicians with its critically acclaimed programming, impressing audiences with gripping interpretations of…

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November 2019

The Song Company | Nineteen to the Dozen

1 November 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Tickets: Adult $65 | Concession $60 | Student $40 An up-to-the-moment a cappella conversation without words. In a bold attempt to paint the state of the current Australian compositional landscape, a diverse selection of composers from across the country have been asked to fill a segment of time with sounds that draw on the rich heritage of The Song Company’s first 35 years and look forward to a burgeoning future – using the 163 symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet.…

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John Noble’s Quartet Program | Quartets on Track

3 November 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Tickets: Standard $30 | Concession $20 The string quartet is one of the most prominent chamber ensembles in classical music. For audiences it offers a wealth of virtuosic repertoire and musical enjoyment. For players, a highly competitive field with rich rewards for the ensembles who break through. John Noble’s Quartet Program offers inspiring mentoring and performance opportunities to emerging string players across Victoria and this concert is a celebration of their amazing talents. A lively feast of chamber music, it features…

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December 2019

Rubiks Collective | Sculptress

5 December 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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$29 – $39

Sculptress is a celebration of artists who are reshaping contemporary music by re-examining our past. New approaches to sound, notation and genre play against tributes to early electronic music pioneers, field recordings and the 1950’s golden age of American advertising. Featuring the sonic investigations of ‘musical scientist’ Nicole Lizée, the enigmatic atmospheres of Anna Thorvalsdottir and a new composition by Christine McCombe, the winner of the 2018 Pythia Prize, Rubiks presents five premieres paying homage to some of the most…

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February 2020

Australian String Quartet | Project Ludwig

24 February 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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$15 – $55

Ludwig van Beethoven was born on 17 December,1770. In 2020, the 250th anniversary of his birth, celebrate the great composer and his monumental opus 18 string quartets with the Australian String Quartet. Come on an interactive journey through Beethoven’s six opus 18 string quartets where you decide the program! Dive headfirst into Beethoven’s sound-world in this special choose-your-own-adventure style event, culminating in a new and unique Beethoven quartet experience every time, performed live by the Australian String Quartet. Project Ludwig…

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March 2020

Flinders Quartet | Beethoven 130

4 March 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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$40 – $51

“Satisfyingly epic” is the best way to describe Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 130, while Schubert’s singular movement Quartettsatz is a tantalising episode. In this exploration between macro and micro, we interplay scale and form in a thought-provoking and moving curation. On discovering Derek Brookes through our Composer Development Program in 2018, we immediately thought to pair his first string quartet with Webern’s Six Bagatelles. Brookes’ composition is based on stunning haiku text and to accentuate this innovative pairing, we thought…

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