10 - 23 August
Preview the music and composers that will feature in the program.
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 Concerto for Strings and Piazzolla's instantly recognisable Libertango.
“The genius emerges as much in interpretation as delivery, with Marsalis forming meaning inside each musical melange...”
- The Australian
“A performance of great energy and meticulous cohesion in every detail.”