Saxophone soloist at Kamloops Symphony’s 'Brazen'

KAMLOOPS – Kamloops Symphony’s next Classic Series performance is on Saturday, April 11, at Sagebrush Theatre.

The programme is appropriately named Brazen after Jeffrey Ryan’s Brazen Concerto for Saxophone. Ryan, a Vancouver-based composer, was commissioned to write the piece by Kamloops Symphony’s guest soloist Julia Nolan.

Ryan’s inspiration came from the word “brazen”. His programme notes describe his attraction to the double meaning of the word, the first: “made of brass” and the second: “bold and shameless.” Ryan’s Brazen depicts a female character, “wrapped in orchestral strings and metallic percussion.”

Guest soloist Julia Nolan is a saxophone soloist and pedagogue. She currently teaches at Vancouver Community College and the University of British Columbia.

She has commissioned several concert works by Canadian composers as part of her commitment to performing new music for saxophone. Nolan premiered the Brazen concerto in 2012 with the Vancouver Symphony.

The programme also consists of two works by Tchaikovsky, the most popular Russian composer of all time. Tchaikovsky’s music has always been popular because of its tuneful, open-hearted melodies, impressive harmonies and picturesque orchestration. His music often draws an emotional response from listeners. This performance features Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien and Symphony #4.

This Classic Series performance will be at Sagebrush Theatre on Saturday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Buy tickets at the door, at Kamloops Live! Box Office: 250-374-5483 or 1-866-374-5483, or online at www.kamloopslive.ca.


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