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Nicola Benedetti performs Marsalis

6 - 9 September 2023

In the Concert Hall

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Classical Music

Grammy Award-winning violinist Nicola Benedetti performs a new concerto by Wynton Marsalis, the genius of performer and composer.

Wynton Marsalis' Violin Concerto

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.
 

Programme
ADAMS Short Ride in a Fast Machine 
MARSALIS Violin Concerto 
STRAVINSKY The Firebird (complete) 

Artists
Karen Kamensek conductor 
Nicola Benedetti violin

Presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra

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