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LE SAXOPHONE À LA FRANÇAISE...!
 
Wednesday 12 June 19:00
 
Adam Campbeel (Saxophone) & Peter Cartwright (Piano)
 

Programme

Pièce en forme de Habanera (1907), Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
La Petite Suite (1889), Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
Tableaux de Provence (1948-1955), Paule Maurice (1910 – 1967)

Interval

Prèlude, Cadence et Finale, Alfred Desenclos (1912 - 1971)
Scaramouche, Darius Milhaud (1892 – 1974)
Encores: Devil’s Rag, Jean Matitia (1952 - )
Aria, Eugène Bozza (1905 – 1991)

The saxophone, an instrument invented by Adolph Sax in 1846 in a small Belgium town, Dinant. Since then the classical repertoire for this beautiful instrument, filled with with equal measures of power and tenderness has largely been developed in France. This is in fact a complete understatement. Besides the fantastic and flamboyant jazz movement in North America, the classical saxophone is almost completely associated with France with important composers, saxophonists and general musical influences all coming from the land of Impressionism and romance.

Given the strong French influences on Adam Campbell’s musical career, the duo have decided to work on an entirely French program which shows off the beauty of the saxophone à la Française ! The program has been built around compositions from important composers who have, and still are influencing French music. These composers include Darius Milhaud, Jules Demersseman, Eugène Bozza, Alfred Desenclos and of course, arguably the two most important French composers of all time, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. The program is made up of a mixture of original works written for the saxophone such as Maurice’s Tableaux de Provence or Prelude, Cadence et Finale by Desenclos, but also includes works written for other instruments such as Debussy’s La Petite Suite, Ravel’s Pièce en forme de Habenera and Milhaud’s Scaramouche.

Each work is different and does a fantastic job in portraying the different elements of the French culture, which is why French music is so diverse yet so similar. Debussy’s Petite Suite perfectly portrays the Impressionism movement which swept through France, Milhaud using his Jazz and South American influences in his work and of course Paule Maurice expertly portraying the use of traditional melodies from the south of France in her beautiful work Tableaux de Provence. This concert is therefore not only a celebration of French music but a French way of life, an hour of music that offers a brief and delicate dégustation of the French culture and the history of the saxophone during the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Wednesday 12 June 19:00

Block A (Adult) - R240   Block B (Adult) - R180
Block A Senior(60+) / Student(21-) R190   Block B Senior(60+) / Student(21-) R140

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Brooklyn Theatre (012 460 6033)
Greenlyn Village Centre
C/o Thomas Edison and 13th Streets
Menlo Park

Biographies:

Originating from Grahamstown, South Africa, Adam Campbell started his saxophone studies at Kingswood College under Shaun Acker before continuing with Junny Brandt and finally Paul Richard before leaving South Africa to pursue his saxophone studies in Besançon, France under the guidance of Cécile Dubois. Upon graduating with distinction from the Besançon Conservatoire with his Diplome d’études Musicales in classical saxophone Adam was accepted to study in the internationally recognised saxophone class under Philippe Geiss in Strasbourg from which he graduated with a distinction in 2018.

Adam has won prizes in several National and International competitions, including the International Chamber Music Competition in contemporary music in Paris (2017), the International chamber music competition, Illzach (2017), the National Chamber Music Competition in Remirement, European ClariSax competition, Valenciennes (2015), the International Saxophone Competition, Lempdes (2015), the Grahamstown National Music Competition (2012) and the South African Music Teachers Competition (2011).

He has performed as a soloist on several occasions with the Strasbourg Symphonic Orchestra, the Saint Scholastica String Orchestra (Philippines), the Chaprais wind band, the Strasbourg Saxophone Orchestra and the Rhodes University string orchestra. Always appreciating the importance of variety Adam has had masterclasses with many international saxophonists including Arno Bornkamp (Netherlands), Vincent David (France), Nobuyo Sugawa (Japan), Joonatan Rautiola (Finland), Jan-Schulte Bernerd (Germany), Mario Marzi (Italy), Jean-Charles Richard (France), Hiroshi Hara (Japan), Sylvain Rifflet (France) and Rob Buckland (England).

As a soloist Adam has performed around France as well as in Switerland and Germany. In 2016 Adam was invited to perform ‘Prolongements’ a piece for soprano saxophone and electronics dedicated to him by the Franco-Libonaise composer Jean-David Mehri at the Musica International Contemporary Music Festival.

From a young age Adam was incredibly fond of chamber music and this passion has been a consistent pleasure over the years. The Avena saxophone quartet has achieved remarkable success with regular performances in France and are fast becoming recognised as one of the most vibrant young European saxophone quartets on the international stage – thus prompting invitations to perform in Japan in September 2017 and Croatia at the World Saxophone Congress in Croatia in July 2018.

Peter Cartwright has performed at numerous venues around South Africa, as well as in the USA, Botswana and Zimbabwe. He appeared as soloist with the Johannesburg Festival and Youth Orchestras and the Gauteng Camerata, and has performed at various festivals including the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, the Wakkerstroom Music Festival, and the 969 Festival at WITS. He has recorded works by leading South African composers Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph and Andile Khumalo. In 2015 Peter attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, studying with Anton Nel and Anne Epperson. He was recently a semi-finalist in the SAMRO overseas scholarship competition. Peter holds a MMus from the University of the Witwatersrand, where he is an accompanist, piano tutor, and concert organiser. He is currently registered for his PhD studying under Professor Malcolm Nay and Pauline Nossel.