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George Gershwin's iconic piece, Rhapsody in Blue, was one of the first mainstream piano concertos to bridge into the world of jazz.
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Southern Cross Soloists - Rhapsody

Venue Concert Hall, QPAC, South Bank, Brisbane
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Dates 29 Jul 2012

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George Gershwin's iconic piece, Rhapsody in Blue, was one of the first mainstream piano concertos to bridge into the world of jazz. Starting with the famous (impossible to play) clarinet glissando, it is a fun, brilliant and virtuosic feat for all.

In this program we will feature two other Rhapsodies: Debussy's Premier Rhapsody for clarinet featuring Southern Cross Soloists member Paul Dean, and Dean's own composition, Rhapsody for Southern Cross Soloists - a world premiere. Paul has insisted on the inclusion of the contraforte (a groundbreaking re-invention of the sometime awkward contrabassoon) in his piece, so we welcome contreforte expert Brock Imison of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

We will be joined by Principal Trumpet of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Wilson, in the Gershwin and in a delightful trio sonata by Vivaldi. Soprano Margaret Schindler will also fascinate with the intriguing songs of Aaron Copland based on the haunting poetry of Emily Dickinson.

Guest trumpet Sarah Wilson
Guest contraforte Brock Imison

Program
Vivaldi     Trio Sonata
Paul Dean Rhapsody for Southern Cross Soloists
Copland 8 Poems of Emily Dickinson
Debussy Premier Rhapsody (soloist: Paul Dean)
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

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