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Best of Brass

Sunday 13 November, 2022
Albert Hall, Yarralumla, 2pm

CSO Chamber Ensemble

Witold Lutosławski
Mini Overture

Leonard Bernstein
Suite from West Side Story

Franz Liszt
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

Enrique Crespo
Three Spirituals

Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air

Adult $39–45
Concession $35–41
Under 30 $30
Student rush $15

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Showcasing CSO brass, this program revels in musical genre-bending and boundary-breaking from around the world, featuring five compositional voices and encompassing many more artistic languages and traditions.

In his Mini Overture, Polish composer Witold Lutosławski epitomises the conversational nature of chamber music. Moments of composure stand in sharp contrast to rambunctious, jostling exchanges. Franz Liszt matches that energy in the action packed and virtuosic Hungarian Rhapsody, steeped in the folk traditions of the composer’s heritage.

American composer Leonard Bernstein defies categorisation with West Side Story, a Romeo and Juliet for his time that blends classical and Broadway influences. The iconic melodies are timeless, from the jubilant rhythms of ‘America’ to the achingly tender ‘Maria’.

Uruguayan trombonist Enrique Crespo is not one to be boxed in. Not content with the traditional repertoire for his instrument, Crespo took to composition and arranging to explore the trombone’s sonic possibilities. This program features thoughtful reimaginings of three beautiful, well-known spirituals.

We round out the program with a German composer and innovator who needs little introduction: Johann Sebastian Bach. This soaring arrangement of the Air from his Orchestral Suite in D major is shaped by sparkling lines and magnificent suspensions.

Part of the CSO’s 2022 Chamber Classics Series

Art is always a conversation, from playful repartee to the fragile vulnerability of a heart to heart. In the intimacy of chamber music, the audience is drawn into the dialogue: a witness to the delicate give and take.

Also in this series:

Chamber Classics: French Connections (13 February 2022)
Chamber Classics: Great Romantics (19 June 2022)
Chamber Classics: Night Music (25 September 2022)

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