Concerto Waves (June 2018)

The concerto has a long and ingrained tradition in the world of classical music.  We’re excited to see how composers explore or depart from this tradition.  In this playlist we’ve given the past a nod, see especially Scott McIntyre’s work referencing Beethoven, but also included a work for jazz orchestra by Nadia Burgess, as a nod to the jazz convention of giving players solos, their moment in the spotlight.  In another vein, Kirsten Milenkos’ work addresses environmental themes.  We hope you enjoy this selection of “duels” or “conversations” between one and many.


  1. Kirsten Milenko, Symphony d’aere
    for symphonic wind orchestra and solo violin. Performed by the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony, conducted by John Lynch, featuring soloist Annabelle Swainston.


Hear something that catches your attention? To find out more about a musical work, click on the track name in the playlist and then again on ‘view track’. To find out more about a particular composer, click on their name in the ‘Details’ section below.


  1. Connor D’Netto, Summer / Summer
    for saxophone, two voices and ensemble. Performed by Timothy Bachman (solo saxophone), Danielle Buonaiuto and Molly Netter (voices), Brad Lubman (conductor) and Bang on a Can.
  2. Andrew Perkins, Concerto Grosso
    for flute, harpsichord and strings. Performed by Adrianna Lis (flute), Rosemary Barnes (harpsichord), and Auckland Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Peter Scholes.
  3. Scott McIntyre, Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra
    Performed by Michael Kieran Harvey (piano), Simon Reade (conductor). Recorded by Paul Radford.
  4. Nadia Burgess, Circles in Life
    for jazz orchestra.  Performed by Divergence Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Jenna Cave.  Recorded by Greg Ghavalas.
    (In case this track cannot be accessed in the embedded playlist above, please visit

We’d love to hear about your listening experience! Share your thoughts or send messages of support to our featured composers and performers in the comment box below. We also encourage you to click through to Soundcloud or YouTube to like, comment and subscribe to Making Waves as well as the composers, performers, and presenters featured.

The Concerto Waves playlist will be featured until the 1st of July 2018. All previous playlists from 2015 to present are available in our blog archives for the life of the project, so please do explore the website for previously featured sounds.

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