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Nexas Saxophone Quartet

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11 Mar 2020

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
BOZZA Nuages
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.

Get to know the Nexas Saxophone Quartet

Read our interview with the ensemble ahead of their performance. 


Join us for inspiring performances, great company, tea, coffee and cake on five Wednesday mornings throughout the year.


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Event Dates

  • Sydney 11 Mar 2020 11:00 AM

Morning tea from 10am (included with ticket)
Concert at 11am for one hour


The Concourse
409 Victoria Avenue
Chatswood NSW


Morning Masters Subscription: $235 (all 5 concerts)

Single tickets: $55 full price, Under 40's tickets available.

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