Classical News

May 23, 2016
South China Morning Post

Marsalis masterclass: jazz great impressed with Hongkongers’ saxophone skills

Bernice Chan

Ahead of his Hong Kong debut, Branford Marsalis coaches some young city musicians. His biggest tip for them: ‘People react to sound. Sound can create emotion. Technique is just execution’

Branford Marsalis is best known as a jazz musician, but about 10 years ago the saxophonist began focusing more on classical music, which he says has made him a better musician, and that’s what he’ll be playing this week when he makes his Hong Kong debut with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.

Ahead of that concert the New Orleans artist spent Sunday afternoon helping 40 budding saxophonists with a masterclass held in a rehearsal room at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

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