2020 Sydney Morning Masters
The ‘American in Paris’, from whom this program draws its title, is George Gershwin himself. Inspired by the sounds he heard in France’s capital in 1926, his lively orchestral work An American in Paris lies at the heart of this colourful program for saxophone quartet.
Nexas are one of Australia’s foremost saxophone ensembles, dedicated to putting the classical saxophone back on musical radars everywhere. These versatile woodwind instruments, invented in France, can sound like anything from brass to percussion and everywhere in between – simply close your eyes and be transported.
Michael Duke soprano saxophone
Andrew Smith alto saxophone
Nathan Henshaw tenor saxophone
Jay Byrnes baritone saxophone
An American in Paris
GERSHWIN (arr Byrnes) An American in Paris
DUBOIS Quartet for Saxophones
DEBUSSY (arr Byrnes) Clair de lune
RIVIER Grave et Presto
TRENET (arr Byrnes) La Mer
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Meet the artist
Meet the Nexas Saxophone Quartet onstage after the concert. Hosted by Musica Viva's CEO, Hywel Sims.
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