U.S. Premier of Sean O'Boyle's Concerto for Didgeridoo
The Concord Chamber Orchestra,

Jamin Hoffman - conductor & Hal Kacanek - didgeridoo soloist




Jamin Hoffman, Sean O'Boyle, Hal Kacanek

On December 19th, 2009, Hal Kacanek performed as didgeridoo soloist for the United States premiere of Austrailian composer Sean O'Boyle's Concerto for Didgeridoo and Orchestra. The winter concert entitled "South" took place at the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Concerto for Didgeridoo and Orchestra was first performed and recorded in Australia in 2003 by the well known Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo artist, William Barton


The concerto takes 19 minutes. It is divided into 4 parts; earth, wind, water, fire. It is dramatic, often percussive, somewhat neo-romantic in a John Williams referential style, and in a sense preserves the image that among Australian aboriginals, music functions within the realm of story-telling.

More information; see Tom Strini's article Third Coast Digest


These excerpts are taken from the CD of the live performance.

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The following video presents the first two movements of the concerto using a Panasonic Lumix camera and its internal mike. For information on obtaining a professional recorded CD copy of Dr. Hal's performance click here.




Jamine Hoffman, Sean O'Boyle, Hal Kacanek

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