In a Sydney first, Grammy Award-winning violinist Nicola Benedetti brings her brilliant technique and grace to the music of Wynton Marsalis, one of America’s most captivating composers.
A jazz legend, Marsalis has created a violin concerto that brings together the genius of performer and composer. Jazz, blues and fiddle music – feel the fresh, foot-stomping spirit of America come alive at the Sydney Opera House.
As a teenager, Marsalis was captivated by Stravinsky’s genre-busting, incandescent writing. Inspired by folk stories, the dreamlike The Firebird is one of the Russian composer’s most famous creations, still seductive and thrilling more than a century after its premiere. From near silence, darkness and mystery transform into a soaring melody within its opening minutes. The dark magic of an evil sorcerer hangs over each note, until he is at last vanquished as the work’s finale blazes like a sunrise of joy.
Program Short Ride in a Fast Machine - Adams Violin Concerto - Marsalis The Firebird (complete) - Stravinsky
Artists Conductor: Karen Kamensek Violin: Nicola Benedetti
September 6th, 2023
September 9th, 2023
Sydney Opera House - Concert Hall
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