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Joshua Redman Joins Alabama Symphony for Avner Dorman Concerto Premiere

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  • October. 29, 2010
    Joshua Redman Joins Alabama Symphony for Avner Dorman Concerto Premiere

    Joshua Redman joined the Alabama Symphony Orchestra on Thursday for a program that featured the world premiere of Avner Dorman's Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra.

     

    "The circumstances for the premiere could not have been more auspicious—an orchestra with a recent ASCAP award for adventurous programming, a renowned jazz saxophonist making his debut as an orchestral soloist, and a series known for success in areas most symphony orchestras fear to tread," writes the Birmingham News' Michael Huebner. "The soloist was the prodigiously gifted Joshua Redman, who proved his adaptability to a classical score many times over."

     

    Also on the program was a fitting tune by John Coltrane. "Playing solo, Redman was in his element with 'Alabama,'" says Huebner, "rifling through arpeggios at the speed of light, fashioning extreme-range counterpoint and expanding the sound palette of the tenor saxophone with dissonant multiphonics (wind instrument double-stops)."

     

    Yet it was the Dorman piece that "exposed a side of Redman his fans rarely hear," Huebner explains. "The work is rife with intricately patterned rhythms, gripping intensity, and scales and melodies that travel around the orchestra. Shades of Bernstein give it bounce, sweep, and occasionally conflict. Redman, on soprano saxophone, was brilliant, ferreting out the work's unabashed dissonance, unafraid of its frantic intensity. He played like a veteran of hundreds of orchestral solos, hardly like a first-timer."

     

    It all proved to be "one of ASO's most engaging and enlightening concerts in recent years."

     

    Read the complete concert review at al.com.

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Joshua Redman joined the Alabama Symphony Orchestra on Thursday for a program that featured the world premiere of Avner Dorman's Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra.

 

"The circumstances for the premiere could not have been more auspicious—an orchestra with a recent ASCAP award for adventurous programming, a renowned jazz saxophonist making his debut as an orchestral soloist, and a series known for success in areas most symphony orchestras fear to tread," writes the Birmingham News' Michael Huebner. "The soloist was the prodigiously gifted Joshua Redman, who proved his adaptability to a classical score many times over."

 

Also on the program was a fitting tune by John Coltrane. "Playing solo, Redman was in his element with 'Alabama,'" says Huebner, "rifling through arpeggios at the speed of light, fashioning extreme-range counterpoint and expanding the sound palette of the tenor saxophone with dissonant multiphonics (wind instrument double-stops)."

 

Yet it was the Dorman piece that "exposed a side of Redman his fans rarely hear," Huebner explains. "The work is rife with intricately patterned rhythms, gripping intensity, and scales and melodies that travel around the orchestra. Shades of Bernstein give it bounce, sweep, and occasionally conflict. Redman, on soprano saxophone, was brilliant, ferreting out the work's unabashed dissonance, unafraid of its frantic intensity. He played like a veteran of hundreds of orchestral solos, hardly like a first-timer."

 

It all proved to be "one of ASO's most engaging and enlightening concerts in recent years."

 

Read the complete concert review at al.com.

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