April 2018 | Amy Dickson plays MacMillan Saxophone Concerto
In April 2018, twice GRAMMY-nominated and Classic Brit Awardee Amy Dickson joins the Orchestra to perform the world premiere of Sir James MacMillan's Scottish folk-inspired Saxophone Concerto (co-commissioned by Perth Concert Hall, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Aurora Orchestra) and Glazunov Saxophone Concerto.
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Amy Dickson wears her phenomenal virtuosity lightly, as though playing the saxophone were as natural as breathing. She has made Glazunov’s captivating concerto her own, and pairs it with a very special event: a new concerto from Sir James MacMillan. His are some of the very best concertos of recent years - not least the phenomenally successful SCO commission Veni, Veni, Emmanuel – so each new one is an enticing prospect.
What to listen out for
In the April 2018 issue of BBC Music Magazine, Amy Dickson discusses the various influences that listeners will hear in MacMillan's new work:
"The concerto is very much inspired by MacMillan’s natural interest in Scottish traditional music and there is a cheekiness to it. The first movement, March, Strathspey and Reel, evokes traditional forms but there’s also a lot of modern harmony. The Gaelic Psalm second movement is inspired by the singing in the Free Presbyterian Church where a cantor stands at the front of the church and the congregation sings back to him. I play the role of the cantor in front of the orchestra. The final movement is called Jigs and is very traditional-sounding with pizzicato strings below the saxophone."
Amy Dickson and Sir James MacMillan in conversation
In her concerts with the Orchestra this month, Amy Dickson also performs Russian composer Alexander Glazunov's Saxophone Concerto, in a programme featuring Beethoven Symphony No 8 and Sibelius Pelléas et Mélisande, conducted by Joseph Swensen.
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