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Heinze Room
12:45pm - 1:15pm, Saturday 28 July, 2018


A Frenchman in Chicago combines a work from both American composer Robert Muczynski and French composer Claude Debussy in order to create a performance with two very contrasting styles. Influenced by George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, the repertoire aims to portray the vast differences between American and French interpretations of classical saxophone.

Muczynski’s Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano is grand and majestic with some jazz influence whilst Debussy’s Syrinx, originally composed for solo flute but transcribed for solo saxophone, is haunting and mysterious. These contrasting styles make for interesting interpretation from performance to performance, with no rendition being the same. 

Mitchell Flynn is a second-year undergraduate student studying a Bachelor of Music in classical saxophone here at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He started learning the saxophone in 2014 as part of the school curriculum, continuing with the instrument to complete VCE music. Mitchell has learnt from many word class saxophonists, having lessons with international artists including Clifford Leaman, Christopher Creviston, and Niels Bijl to name a few.

Mitchell has performed as a soloist and in numerous ensembles, ranging from quartets to wind symphony to orchestras. He has a passion for saxophone and loves to play, in the future aiming to teach and perform in any way he can, whether that be as a soloist, pit musician or within ensembles.