Just after his appointment in August as the Colorado Symphony's new music director, Andrew Litton told me why it was so special to include his dear friend, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, in the CSO's first masterworks concert of the season. Litton and the oldest son of the Marsalis jazz dynasty recorded the now classic "Romances for Saxophone" with the English Chamber Orchestra over two decades ago.
Tonight at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at 7 p.m., Charley Samson treats us to an encore broadcast of Litton's Colorado Symphony conducting debut in September. It features Marsalis in Alexander Glazunov's Saxophone Concerto and John Williams' concert version of his film score for "Catch Me if You Can," the 2002 film starring Tom Hanks Leonardo DiCaprio.
Listen for the Colorado Symphony each Thursday and Sunday night at 7 p.m. with Charley Samson on CPR Classical as part of Colorado Spotlight.