Melbourne ensemble PLEXUS brings together the talents of three of Melbourne’s most vibrant and versatile musicians, Monica Curro (violin), Philip Arkinstall (clarinet), and Stefan Cassomenos (piano).
The name PLEXUS reflects this ensemble’s devotion to supporting and engaging an ever-growing network of exceptional artists across a variety of disciplines.
In two years since launching in 2014, PLEXUS has commissioned over 100 composers, and premiered 59 new works.
In 2016, PLEXUS continues to avidly support new music, with a series of concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre featuring the world premieres of a total of 15 works commissioned by the group, as well as numerous world premieres at other venues around Australia.
In its second season of 2016, from July to October, PLEXUS commissions 6 exceptional young composers, and gives the world premieres of the new works.
The first concert of the season, entitled PLEXUS: Polyphony, is on Wednesday 10th August at the Salon of the Melbourne Recital Centre. PLEXUS celebrates the prodigious talent of five significant emerging composers, in this joyful concert which unites youthful exuberance with the glory of the human voice. Together with three instrumental world premieres, this event also features two brand new choral works commissioned especially for the combined forces of PLEXUS and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School Chamber Choir.
The second concert of the season is on Monday 31st October at the Tallis Pavilion, Beleura House and Garden, Mornington, and features a newly commissioned work by a young Australian composer. This concert is supported by the Tallis Foundation, which exists as a legacy of major Australian composer the late John Tallis, and his passion for supporting young Australian artists.
PLEXUS seeks support to underwrite the commissioning and world premiere performances of compositions by outstanding young Australian composers.
This support plays a vital part of PLEXUS’ mission to provide a high level public forum for composers, performers, and artistic visionaries of all disciplines to assist in their quest to create new works and engage in collaborative projects for audiences to be moved by, challenged by, nourished by.
You can be part of our vision in many ways. You can make the difference between potential and fruition. You can weave your own threads into Australia’s cultural fabric.
All funds raised for PLEXUS are dedicated to the commissioning and presentation of new Australian music and collaborations.