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The Sydney Symphony Orchestra with Jess Gillam

18 & 19 July 2024

In the Concert Hall

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Classical Music

Jess Gillam may only be 25, but the British saxophonist is already a star.

Intoxicating rhythms

'Gillam spreads joy.' - The Times

With her natural energy, infectious personality and talent to spare, she was the first saxophonist to reach the finals of BBC Young Musician and the youngest-ever soloist to perform at the Last Night of the Proms. An extraordinary talent, she has already been awarded honours for services to music.

And can she play.

Her natural effervescence makes her the perfect choice for Michael Nyman's Where the Bee Dances. This marriage of saxophone and orchestra launches with expressive, driving rhythms and an irresistible arrangement. Gillam brings her vivid and bright playing to the piece, losing herself in its swirling drive. Don't miss this exuberant and entirely original performer.

Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances forms the ideal companion work.

Presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Programme

RAVEL La Valse*
MICHAEL NYMAN Where the Bee Dances
RACHMANINOV Symphonic Dances

*Thursday 18 July performance only

Artist information

Umberto Clerici conductor and presenter 
Jess Gillam saxophone 

Other information

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