A turning point in orchestral norms. An evening of romantic musical masterpieces, accompanied by the sultry sounds of the saxophone. Works include that of visionary tango composer, Astor Piazzolla, a musical game changer of the 20th Century, who elevated the musical form of tango from the red-light districts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to be performed on some of the world’s most prestigious concert stages. The use of saxophone in classical music is still a relatively new concept, and the instrument continues to be an uncommon fixture in the symphony – creating a unique and exciting experience for the audience.


  • THE TURNING POINT: saxophone, developed by Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax in 1846, was not fully accepted as a part of the orchestral family until the late 20th century. Modern compositions embracing new styles, and exploring new musical colors, fully opened the door for saxophone to join the traditional orchestra only in recent decades.
  • Guest artist, Karèn Devroop, is a leading South African saxophonist, composer, and educator. He also lectures on the history and current trends in South African music, where classical traditions, jazz, native African folk music find a fascinating crossroads, to offer fresh new musical experiences.
  • The ongoing development of the saxophone resulted in the creation of nine different variations of this instrument – ranging from the highest sounding sopranino, to the lowest sounding, subcontrabass. The saxophone family covers in pitch, the entire range of all instruments of the symphony orchestra.