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Jazz Trumpet meets the Orchestra

with James Morrison

High art
Sheer fun
Duration 1hr 50mins (incl. 20-min interval)

Classical music is the greatest of art forms - but that doesn't mean you have to take it
too seriously! Brahms and Graeme Koehne show the way.

More than anyone, Graeme Koehne is determined to break down the artificial barrier between popular taste and 'high art'. And his trumpet concerto - composed for James Morrison and the Sydney Symphony in 2003 - does exactly that. Koehne brings the infectious spirit of cartoons, pop and Latin-infused jazz into the concert hall and gives Morrison a vehicle for his brilliant and inimitable trumpet style.

Brahms breaks down barriers of his own with a 'solemn' ceremonial overture that quotes university drinking songs for a rousing introduction to the concert. It's left to Rachmaninoff to raise the tone with themes of mortality and faith in his brooding and intoxicating Symphonic Dances.

Jazz Trumpet meets the Orchestra

Brahms and Rachmaninoff audio kindly supplied by Silver Partner Universal Music. Koehne audio provided courtesy of ABC Classic FM and used with the kind permission of the performers.

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  • Kristjan Järvi conductor
  • James Morrison jazz trumpet
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