Community Arts & Cultural Development

PLEXUS: Second Season 2019

In 2019, PLEXUS continues its commissioning work with several world premieres, as well as performances and recordings of previously commissioned works, as part of its ongoing commitment to Australian composers.

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Since launching in 2014, PLEXUS has commissioned and premiered over 100 new works. In 2019, PLEXUS continues to support new music, having already given 3 world premieres this year, plus 5 more world premieres to come.

In its latest season, June 2019 to December 2019, PLEXUS presents the world premieres of 5 new works commissioned by the ensemble, by Australian composers Leanne Bear, Scott McIntyre, Melissa Douglas, Samantha Wolf, and Deborah Cheetham.

Performances of these works will take place at Melbourne Recital Centre, and at NGV International in collaboration with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, with whom PLEXUS continues as Ensemble-in-Residence.

In 2019, PLEXUS marks the launch of its new professional vocal ensemble, Vox Plexus, which seeks to bring together Melbourne’s outstanding choral singers to give the world premieres of new arrangements and new Australian works, while inviting students from both the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and the Dhungala Children’s Choir to gain further experience in professional choral singing.

PLEXUS also gives world premieres of several new works by composition students at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University, including several workshops given by PLEXUS as part of their residency with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

PLEXUS continues to give performances and create recordings of the 103 existing works already commissioned and premiered by the ensemble.

PLEXUS seeks support to underwrite the commissioning and world premiere performances and recordings of compositions by outstanding Australian composers and collaborators.

This support plays a vital role in 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.

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.

Since launching in 2014, PLEXUS has commissioned over 70 composers, and premiered 22 new works in its first year, in performances at fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne Recital Centre, the Metropolis New Music Festival, and a variety of festivals, venues, and concert series.

In 2015, the ensemble gives the world premieres of 23 newly commissioned works, in a program which includes a 3-concert series at the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon as part of Local Heroes, and a separate 3-concert series at Federation Square’s Deakin Edge performance space.

PLEXUS seeks to involve both Australian and overseas writers, film-makers, actors, choreographers, and dancers, as well as guest instrumentalists and vocalists, as part of its ongoing commitment to synthesising creative links across multidisciplinary artistic networks.


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