THURSDAY 17 MAY, 2018 (6.30PM)
Presented by Singapore Airlines
PROGRAM: “Portraits at an Exhibition” – National Photographic Portrait Prize + CSO Australian Series 2018 Concert 1 – featuring the SCM Saxophone Orchestra with conductor & soloist Dr Michael Duke, performing works by Brenton Broadstock, Matthew Orlovich, Katia Beaugeais, Elena Kats-Chernin, Gabriella Vici and Natalie Williams.
VENUE: Gordon Darling Hall, National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT, Australia.
TICKETS: NPG Website
Concertino (for alto saxophone and saxophone orchestra) was commissioned by Dr Matthew Hindson AM and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra as part of the CSO Australian Series 2018 for premiere performance on Thursday 17 May, 2018 by the Sydney Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra, with director and soloist Dr Michael Duke, at Gordon Darling Hall, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra ACT, Australia.
Within its three movements, the concertino ebbs and flows between buoyant, sparkling music and slower, more introspective lyricism. The soloist’s narrative draws upon a variety of musical ideas, including some courage-inducing fanfares, a heart-felt aria and some altissimo register tight-rope walking, amongst other things.
The saxophone orchestra’s many fingers are kept quite busy throughout most of the score, with soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass saxophones all contributing to the creation of a kaleidoscopic setting for the soloist. It is formed by layering little snippets of melody, small-to-medium interval trills, drones, some pizzicato-like punctuations and occasional soft and low, slow-burning chord progressions.
Grateful acknowledgement is made to Dr Matthew Hindson AM and to the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for commissioning the work. I also warmly thank all the members of the Sydney Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra and its leader and soloist, Dr Michael Duke, for giving the world premiere performance of this concertino. – M.O.
WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE – 17 May, 2018 (6:30PM)
Performed by Sydney Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra, with director / soloist Dr Michael Duke (alto saxophone) @ Gordon Darling Hall, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Australia.