There are styles of music whose ambassadors are often synonymous with that style. This year marks the centenary of the Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), the godfather of tango. His influence on the popularity of the style is undoubtedly still relevant today, with tango variants, variations and echoes abounding in the works of contemporary composers. Alongside the magical Piazzolla, the concert featured works by Alfred Reed, George Gershwin, Igor Stravinsky, Charles Gounod and other composers – uniquely blending into the tango vortex. The evening’s soloist was Anders Paulsson. a Swedish soprano saxophone master, concidered one of the world’s foremost ambassadors of the instrument.
Paulsson made his debut at a New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1992, and is admired for his extraordinary sound and wide range. His mastery has inspired more than fifty composers to specially write both chamber and orchestral pieces, with some thirty new premieres planned for the near future. The soloist has toured the world, performing at the Berlin Philharmonic, Alice Tully Hall, the Luxembourg Philharmonic, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, among others. He has also collaborated with orchestras including the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. He is appreciated not only for his wide-ranging classical and contemporary repertoire, but also for his various projects with jazz musicians.