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ACO – Branford Marsalis

Thu 9 May

A vivid program inspired by Latin American jazz

The American saxophone virtuoso makes his ACO debut in a Latin American jazz-inspired program featuring Piazzolla and Villa-Lobos directed by Principal Violin Satu Vänskä.

Branford Marsalis is an artist deeply aligned with the ACO spirit. He hails from a rich Jazz heritage, but is also an artist of today, renowned for his thrilling virtuosity and boundless musicality. His ACO debut is a vivid program inspired by Latin American jazz, directed by Principal Violin Satu Vänskä.

Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Fantasia for Saxophone and Orchestra is a Marsalis favourite. Written in New York, it is music with an alluring combination of driving beats and lyricism. Marsalis also plays Sally Beamish’s serene Under the Wing of the Rock, arranged especially for him by Beamish, in a bluesy translation for saxophone.

Marsalis’s performances alternate with Satu Vänskä taking centre stage in Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, a heady mixture of tango rhythms and ingenious references to Vivaldi’s famous concertos. The concert concludes with Ginastera’s wild and exhilarating Concerto for Strings.

STRAVINSKY No.3 from Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet

VILLA-LOBOS Fantasia for Saxophone and Orchestra

PIAZZOLLA The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

VILLA-LOBOS Ária (Cantilena) from Bachianas Brasileiras No.5

SALLY BEAMISH Under the Wing of the Rock: Saxophone Concerto No.2 (Australian Premiere)

GINASTERA Concerto for Strings

Artists

Saxophone Branford Marsalis
Director & Violin Satu Vänskä
Australian Chamber Orchestra

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