PLEXUS continues its celebration of Melbourne artists with a program which includes three world premieres by three esteemed and very diverse composers – Brenton Broadstock, Christine McCombe and Christian O’Brien.

PLEXUS continues on its mission to perform works commissioned by the Verdehr Trio, with the Tibetan Dance by Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng. The composer writes: ‘The first two movements of the work are in reminiscence, as if one is hearing songs from a distant memory. The work is anchored on the last movement, when the music gradually becomes real. Here, the music is based on a Tibetan folk dance motive from Qinghai, a Chinese province bordered with Tibet.’ PLEXUS joins forces with extraordinary guest artists Deborah Cheetham (soprano), Michelle Wood (cello) and Damien Eckersley (double bass), in Stefan Cassomenos’ intimate arrangement of the exquisite Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss.

PLEXUS brings together the talents of three of Melbourne’s most vibrant and versatile musicians, with a goal of commissioning and celebrating Australian and overseas composers. The name PLEXUS reflects the ensemble’s devotion to engaging an ever-growing network of exceptional artists across a variety of disciplines, facilitating their contribution to Australia’s rich and diverse cultural landscape. Formed with a mission to follow in the footsteps of the acclaimed ensemble of the same instrumental combination, the Verdehr Trio, PLEXUS brings to Australian audiences the most significant and culturally relevant of these works and continues in the Verdehrs’ tradition, commissioning Australian and international composers on a regular basis. Since launching in 2014, PLEXUS has commissioned over 100 composers and has given over 70 world premieres. Widely acclaimed for its ongoing commitment to Australian music, PLEXUS was shortlisted as a finalist for the 2016 Melbourne Music Prize Outstanding Musicians Award.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and PLEXUS


Featuring PLEXUS
Monica Curro violin
Philip Arkinstall clarinet
Stefan Cassomenos piano

With guest artists
Deborah Cheetham soprano
Michelle Wood cello
Damien Eckersley double bass


New work (world premiere)

New work (world premiere)

New work (world premiere)

Tibetan Dance (2001)

Four Last Songs (1948, arr. Cassomenos)