Branford Marsalis

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Branford Marsalis

Performance Dates & Times

Branford Marsalis is an artist deeply aligned with the ACO spirit. He hails from a rich jazz heritage but is also an artist of today, renowned for his thrilling virtuosity and boundless musicality. His ACO debut is a vivid program inspired by Latin American jazz, directed by our Principal Violin Satu Vänskä.

Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Fantasia for Saxophone and Orchestra is a Marsalis favourite. Written in New York, it is music with an alluring combination of driving beats and lyricism. Marsalis also plays Sally Beamish’s serene Under the Wing of the Rock, arranged especially for him by Beamish, in a bluesy translation for saxophone. 

Marsalis’s performances alternate with Satu Vänskä taking centre stage in Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, a heady mixture of tango rhythms and ingenious references to Vivaldi’s famous concertos. The concert concludes with Ginastera’s wild and exhilarating Concerto for Strings.


Branford Marsalis Saxophone
Satu Vänskä Director & Violin


Stravinsky No.3 from Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet
Villa-Lobos Fantasia for Saxophone and Orchestra
Piazolla The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Villa-Lobos Ária (Cantilena) from Bachianas Brasileiras No.5
Sally Beamish Under the Wing of the Rock: Saxophone Concerto No.2 (Australian Premiere)
Ginastera Concerto for Strings

Ticket Info


Standard $155
Concession $135
City Recital Hall Member $139.50
Group (8+) $135


Standard $145
Concession $128
City Recital Hall Member $130.50
Under 30 $49
Group (8+) $128


Standard $121
Concession $101
City Recital Hall Member $108.90
Under 30 $49
Group (8+) $101


Standard $84
Concession $74
City Recital Hall Member $75.60
Under 30 $49
Group (8+) $74


Standard $49
City Recital Hall Member $44.10
Under 30 $49

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Details are accurate at time of publication

Performance Dates & Times

Saturday 18 May, 2019
7:00 pm
City Recital Hall

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Tuesday 21 May, 2019
8:00 pm
City Recital Hall

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Wednesday 22 May, 2019
7:00 pm
City Recital Hall

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