Saxophonist Nick Russoniello and classical guitarist Murilo Tanouye of Duo Histoire. Image: Jacquie Manning.

After a successful inaugural year touring five world-class classical music groups across regional NSW in 2022, Music in the Regions is launching their 2023 music program with one of Australia’s most unique and engaging chamber duos, Duo Histoire, performing Songs of the Cities from 1-9 March.

Duo Histoire’s award-winning musicians and accomplished soloists, saxophonist Nick Russoniello and classical guitarist Murilo Tanouye, will appear at The Arts Centre Cootamundra on Sunday 5 March at 2pm.

Featuring music by Claude Debussy, Jacques Ibert, Elena Kats-Chernin and Astor Piazzolla, Duo Histoire’s Songs of the Cities will transport audiences from venues across regional NSW to the tango halls of Argentina, the streets of São Paulo and the salons of Paris.

Music in the Regions General Manager and Producer, Ian Whitney, said: “Saxophone and guitar are perhaps not what people think of when they hear the words ‘classical music’ so I’m thrilled to be able to tour two superb artists who are building a unique repertoire for instruments that have historically been on the classical fringes.

Nick and Murilo are dynamic musicians, and it is going to be great to share them on what will be one of our most ambitious itineraries yet.”

Of touring for Music in the Regions, Nick Russoniello said: “Duo Histoire has a long tradition of giving concerts in country NSW and we are thrilled to be taking Songs of the Cities to the regions in 2023.

This is a diverse and colourful program of salon music, folk songs and classical favourites which we think will delight and resonate with audiences everywhere.”

Julie Cowell of The Arts Centre Cootamundra said: “We are excited to be partnering with Music in the Regions to host the talented performers of Duo Historie, presented on stage at TACC for a fantastic afternoon of creativity and live music in Cootamundra.”

Since forming in 2006, Duo Histoire has fascinated audiences with their virtuosity, authenticity and lyricism.

As well as appearing at music festivals and concerts across the country for Sydney Festival, Musica Viva, City Recital Hall and Australian Digital Concert Hall, among others, their album Autumn/Winter can be regularly heard on ABC Classic FM. Duo Histoire will perform Songs of the Cities at:

•MORUYA – 7pm, Wednesday 1 March at St John’s Anglican Church in partnership with South Coast Music Society

• BUNGENDORE – 6pm, Thursday 2 March at, and in partnership with, Lark Hill Winery • GUNNING – 7.30pm, Friday 3 March at The Courtroom: Gunning’s Home of Chamber Music in partnership with Gunning Focus Group

• COOTAMUNDRA – 2pm, Sunday 5 March at, and in partnership with, The Arts Centre Cootamundra (TACC)

• TEMORA – 7pm, Tuesday 7 March at Platform Y, Temora Railway Precinct in partnership with Young Regional Conservatorium

• WEST WYALONG – 7pm, Wednesday 8 March at, and in partnership with, Tivoli West Wyalong.

For more information and to book tickets please visit ABOUT MUSIC IN THE REGIONS Music in the Regions (MitR) is an independent touring organisation established in 2022 to connect classical musicians with regional audiences and facilitate transformative musical experiences across NSW.

These musicians will perform in areas not traditionally visited, reinvigorating regional venues into concert venues, and fostering a vibrant, world-class NSW classical music industry.

MitR is supported by the NSW Government via Create NSW, and through private philanthropy.