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John Adams conducts Adams

Beethoven & Pines of Rome

Spectacular sounds
The composer conducts
Date Fri 23 Aug Venue Sydney Opera House
Duration 2 hours 10 mins (incl. 20-min interval)

One of America's most celebrated and popular composers comes to Sydney to conduct his own music and Respighi's spectacular Pines of Rome.

John Adams' music keeps turning up in Sydney: we've given the Australian premieres of nine of his creations, and two of those were Sydney Symphony commissions. But 2013 will mark his first appearance with us as conductor, and Sydney audiences will be the first in the world to hear a brand new commission: a saxophone concerto for American virtuoso Timothy McAllister.

The new concerto will be a surprise, but we can tell you that Adams' Violin Concerto is an exhilarating showpiece, with long, soaring melodic lines and the intense physicality you might expect from a concerto commissioned by two orchestras and a ballet company.

The concert comes to a celebratory close with the opulent colours of Respighi's Pines of Rome - a favourite with audiences everywhere.

Commissioned by the Sydney Symphony, in collaboration with a consortium of commissioners from North and South America, for the American saxophonist Timothy McAllister, with the generous support of Andrew Kaldor AM and Renata Kaldor AO.
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PROGRAM
  • BEETHOVEN Fidelio: Overture
  • ADAMS Violin Concerto
  • ADAMS Saxophone Concerto PREMIERE
  • RESPIGHI Pines of Rome
Artists
  • John Adams conductor
  • Leila Josefowicz violin
  • Timothy McAllister saxophone
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