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Instrumentation

  • Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, orchestra
  • Tonkünstler-Orchester Shani Diluka, piano
  • John Axelrod, conductor

Programme

George Gershwin:
Cuban Overture
«Rhapsody in Blue» for Orchestra
«I got rhythm» Variations for Piano and Orchestra

- Interval -

Duke Ellington:
«The Nutcracker Suite» for Jazz Band from the Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (in collaboration with Billy Strayhorn, adaption for Orchestra: Jeff Tyzik)

Introduction/abstract

Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich · Shani Diluka · John Axelrod

Gershwin · Ellington

Avenues of skyscrapers and fairy-tale worlds: Music from the USA gives an enthusiastic, ebullient and entertaining outlook on our world. In his «Rhapsody in Blue», George Gershwin combined European classical music with jazz, while Duke Ellington reworked Tchaikovsky’s «Nutcracker» suite. Two men who crossed boundaries, and in whose rhythmic footsteps the Tonkunstler Orchestra, joined by French pianist Shani Diluka and Texan conductor John Axelrod, now follow. Axelrod’s credo: «It’s about communicating with the audience. » Alright then!