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Plexus Squared: the Launch


Wed 20 May 2015, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square, Cnr Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $40.00
  • Concession: $30.00
  • Students: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: cassomenos

Melbourne contemporary chamber ensemble Plexus announces a new and exciting three-concert series at Deakin Edge, Federation Square in the heart of our great city of Melbourne. Join us as we launch Plexus Squared, where we share our exhilaration of collaboration with extraordinary performers from different quadrants of the artistic universe.

We are joined for the launch by legendary actors Helen Morse and Paul English, two of the brightest stars in the constellation of Australian theatre.

With Helen, we reunite Poulenc’s exquisite and rarely heard incidental music to the Jean Anouilh play L’Invitation au Chateau, with Helen’s own vignette of flavoursome excerpts from Anouilh’s piquant satire on the French Aristocracy.

With Paul, we tell Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, a dark Russian folk tale that follows the downfall and utter ruin of a soldier after he makes a pact with the Devil, in a performance also featuring an adaptation of the words written especially for the trio version by author and librettist Douglas J. Penick.

Plexus also performs the world premieres of two rising stars of Australian composition, Jonathan Dreyfus (Melbourne) and Samuel Dickenson (Brisbane).

Francis Poulenc L’Invitation au Chateau
Igor Stravinsky L’Histoire du Soldat
Samuel Dickenson New Work *
Jonathan Dreyfus New Work *
* world premieres

with guest artists Helen Morse (actor) and Paul English (actor)

About Plexus:
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, including Ian Whitney, Nicholas Routley, Hugh Crosthwaite, Paul Dean, Daniel Clive McCallum, Michael Kieran Harvey, Gordon Kerry, Richard Mills, Iain Grandage, Paul Grabowsky, Richard Grantham, Michael Knopf, Adrian Hollay, Nicholas Buc, Rob Cossom, Sean O’Boyle, Brigid Bisley, Julian Yu, José Hernán Cibils, Larry Sitsky, Robert Davidson, Gerard Brophy, Lisa Cheney, Sally Greenaway, Sally Whitwell, Maria Grenfell, Nat Bartsch, Jonathan Dreyfus, Sam Dickenson, Tony Gould, Allan Zavod, Lachlan Davidson, Martin Kay, Luke Howard, Stefan Cassomenos, Ian Munro, Mary Finsterer, Martin Bresnick, Kevin March, Joe Chindamo, Warren Lenthall, and Jessica Wells.

In their first year, Plexus premiered 22 new works over a total of 15 performances, including appearances as part of the Festival of Music and Words at fortyfivedownstairs, the Metropolis New Music Festival and the Spotlight series at Melbourne Recital Centre, the Port Fairy Spring Festival, Medley Hall, 3MBS Radiothon, Port Fairy Winter Weekends, Lyrebird Music Society, and ABC Sunday Live.

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

Plexus has achieved substantial recognition for its work, including receiving a Melbourne Recital Centre Contemporary Masters Award in 2014. The ensemble is exclusively supported by private donations, and all funds raised for Plexus as well as all of the trio’s performance fees are dedicated to the commissioning and presentation of new music and collaborations.