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Best of Brass

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

CSO Chamber Ensemble
Justin Lingard Trumpet
Aaron Passfield Trumpet
Robert Johnson French Horn
Michael Bailey Trombone
Bjorn Pfeiffer Tuba

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

Floor seating for this concert is sold out. However, the CSO is trialling cheaper tickets for the Albert Hall balcony. Please note, these are audio-only (no view of the stage) and upstairs (no wheelchair access).

Tickets – floor seating

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Tickets – balcony (audio-only)
Adult $20
Concession $15
Under 30 $15
Student rush $15

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.




When to arrive
Doors will be open from 1.30pm for the 2pm concert. To minimise crowding, entry will be via the main doors and exit via the accessible terrace to the side of the venue.

Box Office
The Box Office will open at 1.30pm for ticket sales and collection. Floor seating is sold out; audio-only tickets are available for the balcony (no wheelchair access or stage view). Please show your tickets on entry for contactless checking. If you have not received your tickets due to postage delays, CSO ticketing staff will be able to tick your name off the list.

Cloaking is not available at Albert Hall.

Limited parking is available off Kaye Street.

The concert will run for approximately one hour without interval.

Tea, coffee and Lark Hill wines will be served at this concert.

Concert programs
Program notes for this concert are included in edition eight of rest, the CSO magazine. Complimentary copies will be available on arrival.