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.

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Full Programme

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


  • Photograph of Eduardo Strausser conducting

    Eduardo Strausser

  • Photograph of Jess Gillam wearing a brightly patterned suit and playing the saxophone in front of graffiti.

    Jess Gillam