“Composers in Exile is a rich, entertaining step back into the Weimar Era, guided by the bronzed sounds of the musically well-matched Peter Coleman-Wright and the Nexas Quartet. Well worth checking out.” “The quartet brought loads of energy, effortless virtuosity and drum-tight ensemble work to the performance, their playing precise and powerful, but with a vibrant agility that kept the music moving…”
Peter Coleman-Wright AO baritone
Michael Duke soprano saxophone
Andrew Smith alto saxophone
Nathan Henshaw tenor saxophone
Jay Byrnes baritone saxophone
The prodigious talents of baritone Peter Coleman-Wright AO and the four virtuoso saxophonists of the Nexas Quartet come together in a unique collaboration exploring music the Nazis sought to have forgotten.
Peter Coleman-Wright is widely recognised as one of the most versatile singers in the world today, his career taking him to the great opera houses and concert halls of the world, most notably London’s Royal Opera Covent Garden and New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The Nexas Quartet is focused on promoting the musical diversity of the saxophone by showcasing its versatility and ability to cross genres, alongside the musicians’ winning personalities and virtuosic music-making.
Composers in exile
Composers in exile is a musical and theatrical exploration of one of the darkest times in European history. As the Weimar Republic descended into chaos, the people escaped into hedonistic abandon and an explosion of creativity. Under this easy cover, the Nazi Party slowly slithered into power. With Hitler’s ascent, Germany’s greatest composers saw their music banned and they fled to seek freedom in the four corners of the world. Peter Coleman-Wright and Nexas Quartet take audiences on a musical journey following these exiles from Berlin and Vienna to New York and beyond with a mixture of political songs from the Weimar period, the musical theatre of Weill, and the cabaret and song from Stolz and Schreker. These songs capture the spirit of the times: defiant, soulful and searching, but also capable of moments of exuberant joy and hope.
Performance length: 90 mins (including interval)
5 x wireless vocal mics
4 x wireless saxophone clip-on mics
5 x stools
High quality projector and screen back of stage.
High quality sound system including:
- Foldback speakers
- Front of house speakers for audio playback intro
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