An (Un)familiar Voice Emerges
A fresh take on established traditions
About This Program
While the sultry sounds of the saxophone are no longer a novelty to listeners, it is rare to hear this dynamic instrument in an orchestral setting, especially at the front of the orchestra as soloist. Winner of the International Young Concert Artist Competition in New York City, Steven Banks joins The COT in a performance of Glazunov's Saxophone Concerto.
Considered "one of the best non-famous composers this country has to offer," American composer Ben Johnston rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest musical names of the mid 20th century. Teaching at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign at the same time as John Cage and Iannis Xenakis, he would later retire to Rocky Mount, NC. Johnston's Septet for winds and bass is a beautiful representation of how complex rhythm can still support inspired melody.
Recently announced as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's new Composer-in-Residence, Jessie Montgomery has quickly emerged onto the musical scene. An established violinist herself, Jessie shows off her prowess in writing for the string body of the orchestra with her energetic Starburst and Strum.
What You'll Hear