Joe Schillaci

Joe Schillaci

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Fantastic Four

Subscription Concert

April 19, 2014 at 8 p.m.
(Pre-concert lecture at 7

Cañada College Main Theatre
4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City

  • Adams: Short Ride on a Fast Machine
      Light show by Matthew Bain
  • Debussy: Jeux
  • Gottschalk: Fiesta Criolla from
    A Night in the Tropics
  • Actor: Alto Saxophone Concerto
      with Joe Schillaci, saxophone

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A diverse concert of dazzling energy and rarely-encountered works! John Adams’ Short Ride on a Fast Machine is a virtuoso showpiece of dazzling rhythmic complexity, held together only by the repeated, stubborn insistence of a lone woodblock.

Next, Debussy’s Jeux is a ballet score written for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe. Though its musical language represented a radical new direction for the composer, the premiere was vastly overshadowed soon after by the scandalous premiere of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The ballet’s story is about a love triangle played out during a tennis game! (Presented with supertitles.)

Local composer Lee Actor has another hit on his hands. His concerto for the usually neglected saxophone is being taken up by soloists worldwide. They recognize a major addition to their meager repertoire.

Finally, a rarely played treat: the most important orchestral score by Gottschalk, a major early American composer. Gottschalk (1829–1869) was born in New Orleans of a Jewish business man and a Creole mother. He became a renowned piano soloist, often playing his own virtuoso compositions, which were greatly influenced by the local black and South American musical “flavors.” Festa Criole from A Night in the Tropics is a perfect encore for any concert, one that will make you wish you could get up and dance!

$25 adult ($30 at door) $10 student
Redwood Advantage: 17 and under admitted free!
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