A fast-paced ride through works of the 20th century with shooting star Jess Gillam on saxophone.


Sunday | 11/26/2023
6:00 pm Start of Concert

The concert introduction in the event hall of the Central Library (1st floor) begins one hour before the concert.
Konzertsaal im Kulturpalast, Dresden
Floor Plan
59 | 49 | 42 | 36 | 27 | 20 €

About the Concert

She plays Bach and Bowie, Shostakovich and Kate Bush, and hosts her own weekly show on classical music on BBC Radio 3: Jess Gillam not only masters the saxophone with enormous virtuosity, she is a passionate ambassador for her instrument. Barbara Thompson's saxophone concerto is one of her favorites, as it is heavily inspired by jazz. Thompson composed passionately for her own instrument, the saxophone, and worked closely with Andrew Lloyd Webber on musicals such as Cats and Starlight Express, among others. 
Shostakovich's opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, on the other hand, had a hard time. Euphorically celebrated by audiences, the work was soon banned by Stalin for flimsy reasons and disappeared into a drawer for decades. It is fortunate that it found its way back into the music world, because wit, tempo and an almost unbelievable variety of musical means make this music an experience to this day.


Leonard Bernstein
Overture to the operetta "Candide"

Barbara Thompson
Concerto for three saxophones

Dmitri Shostakovich
Suite from the opera "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" (Arr. Collon)


Kerem Hasan
Jess Gillam
Dresdner Philharmonie


Kerem Hasan

Kerem Hasan is regarded as one of the most exciting young British conductors. Winning the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award in the summer of 2017 laid the foundation for his flourishing international career. Prior to that, he had already gained attention as a finalist in the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London and as Associate Conductor of the Welsh National Opera. From September 2019 to June 2023, he served as Chief Conductor in Austria, leading the Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck to great success.

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Jess Gillam

Hailing from Ulverston in Cumbria, Jess Gillam is animating the music world with her outstanding talent and infectious personality. She has been forging her own adventurous path since she shot to fame becoming the first saxophonist to reach the finals of BBC Young Musician and the youngest ever soloist to perform at the Last Night of the Proms.

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Dresdner Philharmonie

Top Class!

Top class!
That is the claim of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra stands for concerts at the highest artistic level, musical education for all ages and looking beyond the musical horizon. Guest performances on almost every continent and collaborations with guests from all over the world have established the reputation of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra in the international classical music world.  

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