Branford Marsalis - Australian Chamber Orchestra

Branford Marsalis

9 - 22 May 2019


STRAVINSKY Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet: No.3
VILLA-LOBOS Fantasia for Saxophone and Orchestra
PIAZZOLLA The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas Brasileiras No.5
GOLIJOV Last Round: I. Movido, urgente
SALLY BEAMISH Under the Wing of the Rock: Saxophone Concerto No.2 Australian Premiere
GINASTERA Concerto for Strings: I. Variazioni per i solisti, IV. Finale furioso
PIAZZOLLA Libertango


Branford Marsalis Saxophone
Satu Vänskä Director & Violin
Australian Chamber Orchestra

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 our 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 Concerto for Strings and Piazzolla's instantly recognisable Libertango.


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Limelight Magazine

“★★★★★ The ACO was nothing short of brilliant in an exciting performance of abundant energy, expression and fabulous cadences from Vänskä

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The Australian

The genius emerges as much in interpretation as in delivery, with Marsalis forming meaning inside each musical melange

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