The Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Music Festival have jointly commissioned Australian composer Matthew Dewey to write an exhilarating work for James Morrison (trumpet) and Julian Bliss (clarinet). American composer Lalo Schifrin was originally slated to compose a triple concerto for trumpet, piano and clarinet. While it is unfortunate that Mr Schifrin is no longer in a position to complete this commission, QSO is excited to be able to feature the work of Australia’s own Matthew Dewey.
It’s a lyrical, diverse program. Dewey has delighted American and Russian audiences with his fresh, yet appealing musical voice. Just as Dewey is a composer who creates tuneful music exploring a variety of styles, Morrison is an exceptional trumpeter and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist who has performed on the saxophone, trombone, tuba and double bass. Bliss is also feted for his versatility. He recently launched A Tribute to Benny Goodman celebrating the life of this ‘King Of Swing’.
Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story Symphonic Dances and Ives’ rich Symphony No.2 infused with borrowed fragments from hymns, folk music, other composers’ repertoire and the pop songs of his day, are an excellent fit in this adventurous, accessible concert. A concert that premieres Dewey’s classical yet jazz-fired language; tailor-made for two extraordinary musicians.
Find out more about the event on the Queensland Symphony Orchestra website.
To purchase tickets, visit the Queensland Performing Arts Centre website.