August 22 and 23, 2013, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, with John Adams conducting, will premiere Adams’s Saxophone Concerto, with the stupendous Timothy McAllister on saxophone. McAllister spoke with SoundNotion in an entertaining and wide-ranging conversation about the Saxophone Concerto, Adam’s previous piece featuring McAllister, City Noir, as well as “style, artistry and [calling all music nerds and fellow travelers] how a piece can rock even without slap tonguing.”
Also on the program is Adams’s Violin Concerto, featuring the excellent Leila Josefowicz on violin. For those of you lucky enough to get to Sydney, Australia, for the concert, more information may be found here.
This fall, the concerto will come to the U.S., with performances in Baltimore, MD (Marin Alsop conducting), and St. Louis, MO (David Robertson conducting). The Robertson/St. Louis concert will be streamed live on St. Louis Public Radio October 5th. More information on the U.S. performances and live stream may be found here.
>>Our “on site” correspondent in Sydney reports: “The ([8PM] Sydney time) Friday night concert will be broadcast live across Australia and streamed on ABC Classic FM, and that would be at 0600 Friday New York time (I think).” The link is here. A clip of the concerto is on Adams’s website here (I think this is MIDI, not live instruments, but others please correct me if I’m wrong). The Sydney Symphony Orchestra program for the concert is here. Thanks to wanderer, our “on site” correspondent in Sydney, for providing these links!
>>David Robertson will become the Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for the 2014 season. A fascinating interview with him, “Why Are American Orchestras Afraid Of New Symphonies?” may be found here. Lucky Sydney, indeed.
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