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Amy Dickson

Catch Me If you Can

One of the most brilliantly talented and internationally respected saxophonists, Australia’s Amy Dickson, will be releasing her next album Catch Me If You Can through ABC Classics, in what is a major coup for the label.

The album features a repertoire that is both close to her personally and a wonderful exploration of the possibilities for classical saxophone, and features works by some of the film world’s legendary composers.

With classic film scores performed alongside the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, familiar favourites come to life with breathtaking beauty and emotion that perfectly showcase the unmistakable passion and virtuosic technique of Amy’s playing.

Catch Me If You Can features John Williams’ Escapades for alto

saxophone and orchestra, Michael Kamen’s Concerto for Saxophone (the score for which was personally given to Amy by Michael Kamen’s family) and one of Amy’s particular highlights, Mark Knopfler’s iconic score for the brilliant 1983 film, Local Hero, arranged for concert performance by the brilliant young Australian film composer Jessica Wells.

Sure to be a hit with film lovers and aficionados of the saxophone alike, Catch Me If You Can sees one of Australia’s most talented musicians returning home for this exciting new stage in her recording career with ABC Classics.

Amy Dickson performs with the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony. She is deeply committed to the development of new repertoire for the saxophone, and has made a substantial contribution to the orchestral, chamber and solo repertoire.

A brilliant interpreter of contemporary music, she is equally devoted as a champion of established saxophone repertoire, regularly performing the concertos of Glazunov, Debussy, Villa-Lobos, Ibert, Larsson and Milhaud. In 2010 she performed Harrison Birtwistle’s Panic with Bramwell Tovey, David Jones and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

She regularly commissions new works, and makes arrangements of existing works from other instrumental repertoire. Ross Edwards, Graham Fitkin, Steve Martland, Huw Watkins, Martin Butler, Michael Csanyi-Wills, Cecilia McDowall and Timothy Salter have all dedicated works to her, and composers currently writing for her include Peter Sculthorpe, Geoffrey Gordon and Piet Swerts.

Track Listing

JOHN WILLIAMS b. 1932

Escapades for alto saxophone and orchestra

1 I. Closing In

2 II. Reflections

3 III. Joy Ride

MICHAEL KAMEN 1948-2003

Concerto for Saxophone

4 I. [First movement]

5 II. [Second movement]

6 III. [Third movement]

MARK KNOPFLER b. 1949

arr. JESSICA WELLS

Local Hero Saxophone Concerto

7 I. Mist Covered Mountains

8 II. Smooching

9 III. Boomtown

10 IV. Going Home

Release
Music can change lives. For almost 20 years, the Hush Foundation has been working with renowned Australian artists to create music of joy and calm – originally to support children in hospital, and now enjoyed everywhere from concert halls to living rooms. In this latest offering from the Hush series, pianist Tony Gould and guitarist Peter Petrucci present music that can bring optimism even in the toughest times.The Hush Foundation, under the inspirational leadership of physician Professor Catherine Crock AM, transforms the healthcare experience for patients, families and staff through music and the performing arts. It has produced 17 albums, bringing some of Australia’s finest performers and composers together in collaborative partnerships that engage with the lived experience of people in the health system and other stressful environments. Hush albums are played not only in hospitals, but also in aged care, palliative care and childcare facilities to reduce stress and anxiety. Community and international orchestras also play music composed for Hush. In 2014, Hush’s contribution to Australian music was acknowledged with the APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence.Gathering of Kindness recognises the power of the small acts of kindness and respect that build trust and create a sense of safety and security in difficult and challenging situations. ‘When we ask patients, their families and those working in healthcare “What matters to you?”’ says Professor Crock, ‘the single word at the top of the list is kindness.’Tony Gould and Peter Petrucci wrote the music on this album with the Hush ‘family’ firmly in mind. ‘We hope they serve at least one of music’s purposes in life, and that is to help calm our fellow humans in times when things aren’t going so well. Music can do this superbly. It can also give us joy, can foster kindness and a sense that, ultimately, everything will be all right.’ This latest album has been named after the healthcare events Hush has hosted since 2016. The Gathering of Kindness bring people working in health and aged care together to talk about ways kindness can flourish in their organisations and services. These events are being hosted throughout November at metro, regional and rural healthcare organisations across Victoria, and include live performances of Hush plays and music, healthcare book launches and panels, narrative and a range of self-care workshops, as well as updates on new research being undertaken. Hush is also hosting a ticketed event at KPMG in Melbourne on Thursday 14 November.›Pianist / composer / critic / author / academic / educator Tony Gould has been involved in music in Australia for over half a century. A prolific performer, composer and recording artist across several musical genres of art music, Tony has composed and performed alongside other renowned musicians Australia-wide and internationally. His numerous accolades include membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his contribution to music.Peter Petrucci is one of Australia’s leading jazz guitarists, recognised for his virtuosity and lyricism in improvisations and artful compositions. He has released eight albums – the latest, They Know That We Know, in August 2019. Peter has performed locally and internationally supporting distinguished musicians and has appeared at numerous international jazz festivals, in the US, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Wangaratta, Stonnington and Queensland Jazz Festivals. TRACKLISTING 1 All Things Good2 Anthem3 Calm4 Autumn Lullaby5 Quiet6 Spring Town7 It’s Up to You8 A Little Folk Song9 Essence10 Truth and Beauty11 The Softness of Air12 The Smile Peter Petrucci guitar – Tony Gould piano Tks 1-3, 5, 8, 10-12 composed by Tony Gould.Tks 4, 6, 7 and 9 composed by Peter Petrucci.