Concert 4 2019 Stravinsky and Nestico Saturday 7pm 31 August

Saturday 31 August 2019 7.00p at St Peter’s Anglican Church Box Hill, 1038 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill

Piano soloist Stuart Andrew and Alto Saxophone soloist Allanah Coldwell will feature in this challenging program.

The Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments by Igor Stravinsky. “Strings and piano, a sound scraped and a sound struck, do not sound well together,” wrote Stravinsky, ignoring the achievements of Mozart and Beethoven, among others. “Piano and wind, sounds struck and blown, do.”

Samuel Louis “Sammy” Nestico was a staff arranger for the USAF Band in Washington, D. C. for fifteen years, and for five years, the United States Marine Band. His arrangements and compositions have been a part of over 60 television programs, including M*A*S*H and Love Boat. Persuasion begins in a moderato tempo and the sweet sound of the solo alto saxophone gets the listener interested in its after-statements of themes played by the ensemble. A short phrase in cut-time offers an interesting twist before returning to the tempo and theme of the start. It is easy to understand the persuasion of the piece after its climax of a solo cadenza and mellow ending. (Source: Foothills Symphonic Winds).

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