City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Eduardo Strausser & Jess Gillam
  • Friday 2 February, 2024
    7.00 – 10.00pm
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Sheffield International Concert Season 2023/2024

The charismatic Brazilian conductor, Eduardo Strausser, leads the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in its long-awaited return to Sheffield, opening the concert with Rossini’s Overture to his fairy-tale opera Cinderella.

The trailblazing saxophonist and BBC Radio 3 presenter, Jess Gillam, joins them for another very welcome appearance, performing Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’s dance-driven, miniature saxophone concerto, Fantasia and John Williams’s jazz-inspired Escapades, from Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film Catch Me If You Can. Two suites complete the programme: Rimsky-Korsakov’s comedic, Oriental-influenced opera The Golden Cockerel and Stravinsky’s magical ballet The Firebird.


Eduardo Strausser (Conductor) and Jess Gillam (Saxophone)


  • Rossini: La Cenerentola: Overture (8’)
  • Villa-Lobos: Fantasia for saxophone (10’)
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel: Suite (25’)
  • John Williams: Catch Me If You Can: Escapades (13’)
  • Stravinsky: The Firebird: Suite (1919) (23’)

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