Alfresco impossible

31 January 2005

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's Alfresco concerts are back, this time with Adelaide’s pop diva Catherine Lambert adding a touch of swing to the popular music series. Lambert has been a mainstay on the Australian music festival circuit for many years and has performed with the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Don Burrows and James Morrison. She has also supported acts like BB King, Dianne Reeves and the Phillip Morris Super Band.

Last year, Catherine Lambert headlined the ASO’s Ultimate Symphonic Spectacular at the Entertainment Centre, dazzling audiences with her rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

This year, Catherine Lambert is set to perform some of her favourite Burt Bacharach tunes. Audiences can expect to hear Close to You and The Look of Love, as well as showstoppers like Downtown, Goldfinger and Anyone Who had a Heart.

ASO’s viola player turned conductor, Martin Butler will lead the evening's music, which includes some of his own arrangements of popular standards. ASO trumpeter Martin Phillipson will feature in a special version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and other crowd-pleasers including The Bugs Bunny Overture and Lord of the Dance.

Best known as the man behind the Mission Impossible theme, pianist, composer and conductor Lalo Schifrin makes his Australian debut in 2005 with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on Saturday 12 February.

The ASO's first Showtime concert for 2005, Jazz meets the Symphony sees Schifrin as pianist and conductor with Australian jazz trumpeter James Morrison, bassist Christian McBride and world renowned drummer, Grady Tate.

Lalo Schifrin has composed more than 100 scores for film and television including Cool Hand Luke, Bullitt, Dirty Harry and Rush Hour.

The Argentinian-born composer began his career as Dizzy Gillespie's pianist. Since then, he has moved freely between jazz and classical music. Having conducted many of the world’s finest orchestras, from the London Symphony Orchestra to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Schifrin has also recorded with many of the greatest names in jazz, including Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz and Count Basie.

His ability to swing between jazz and classical music formed the inspiration for his ongoing series of Jazz Meets the Symphony, which he has performed the world over.

- Alex McDonald

More Information:

ASO Alfresco
4 February
Adelaide Botanic Garden

Tickets: $30.30
Bookings: 131 246