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Jess Gillam

Jess Gillam, saxophonistPhoto: Robin Clewley

November 24, 2021

23 year-old Jess Gillam is the youngest radio host to be on BBC Radio 3. She's the first saxophonist to sign with Decca Classics, and when you hear her play, you'll understand what the hype is all about. On today's show, hear saxophonist Jess Gillam give a riveting performance in Hanover, Germany.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Andre Previn: Tango Song and Dance: Movement 2 Song, Simply
Augustin Hadelich, violin | Joyce Yang, piano
Album: Franck - Kurtag - Previn - Schumann: Augustin Hadelich - Joyce Yang
Avie 2347

Erno Dohnanyi: Serenade for String Trio in C Major, Op. 10
Augustin Hadelich, violin | Jonathan Vinocour, viola | Ani Aznavoorian, cello
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Center for Chamber Music, Seattle WA

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: John Mundy from Wabasha, MN

Barbara Thompson: Concerto for Three Saxophones, Op. 1: Movement 1 Presto
Jess Gillam, saxophone | NDR Philharmonic Orchestra | Joshua Weilerstein, conductor
Grand Studio, NDR, Hanover, Germany

Pedro Iturralde: Pequena: Czarda (encore)
Jess Gillam, saxophone
from a concert with the NDR Philharmonic Orchestra, Grand Studio, NDR, Hanover

Hour 2

Antonin Dvorak: Legends, No. 5
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra | Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor
Album: Dvorak: Symphonic Variations, Scherzo capriccioso, Legends
Supraphon 3533

Jessie Montgomery: Strum
Catalyst Quartet: Karla Donehew-Perez, Abi Fayette, violins | Paul Laraia, viola | Karlos Rodriguez, cello
Maverick Concerts, Maverick Concert Hall, West Hurley, NY

Zdenek Fibich: The Tempest Overture, Op. 46
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra | Tomas Netopil, conductor
Dvorak Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic

Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012 Movement 6. Gigue
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, New York City, NY

Peter Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 33
Anastasia Kobekina, cello | Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra | Nikolai Alexeev, conductor
The XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition, Grand Hall of the D.D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia, St. Petersburg, Russia