Saturday, April 6, 2019
7:30 PM | Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center
Gary Lewis, Conductor
Timothy McAllister, alto saxophone

KUSTER – Rain On It
STILL - Romance for Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra
FUCHS - “Rush” for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra 
RESPIGHI - Pines of Rome


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Classical saxophonist Timothy McAllister has been hailed as “a virtuoso, one of the foremost saxophonists of his generation” (The New York Times) and “a titan of contemporary music and the instrument, in general” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer), with performances lauded as “astonishing” (The Sydney Morning Herald), “phenomenal” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) and "proving brilliantly up to enormous demands" (The Dallas Morning News). He is one of today’s premier concert soloists, a member of the 2018 GRAMMY®-winning PRISM Saxophone Quartet, and a champion of contemporary music credited with over 40 recordings and 200 premieres of new compositions by eminent and emerging composers worldwide.

McAllister's rise to international fame came in 2009 with his celebrated work in John Adams’s City Noir, filmed as part of Gustavo Dudamel’s inaugural concert as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the World Premiere of John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto in August 2013 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the composer in the Sydney Opera House. Subsequent performances included the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bilkent Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony, among others.

As part of the 70th Birthday celebrations worldwide honoring John Adams in 2017, he performed the Saxophone Concerto with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Orchestra in the Concertgebouw, Orchestre National de Lyon, Indianapolis Symphony, along with other performances and recordings of Adams’s music, including City Noir, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, and the Berlin Philharmonic.

To date he has appeared with over forty of the world's top orchestras and wind ensembles in fifteen countries, and he has the distinction of being only the second saxophonist to appear as soloist in the 120-year history of the BBC Proms concerts. He has recorded for the Nonesuch, ECM, Deutsche Grammophon, Stradivarius, Soundset, Centaur, Albany, Naxos, Equilibrium, New Focus, AUR, Summit, New Dynamic, Parma, XAS/Naxos, and Innova labels. McAllister won a 2015 GRAMMY® Award with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and David Robertson as soloist on the album "John Adams: City Noir" featuring the Saxophone Concerto. His recording of Kenneth Fuchs’s Saxophone Concerto, RUSH, with JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra will be released on NAXOS in 2018. Deutsche Grammophon will release his recording of Guillaume Connesson’s Saxophone Concerto ‘A Kind of Trane’ with the Brussels Philharmonic and conductor Stephane Deneve in 2019.

A revered teacher of his instrument, he is regularly invited to appear at the world's leading conservatories, music festivals, and summer academies. Previously on the faculty of Northwestern University, he was appointed Professor of Saxophone at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance in September 2014, succeeding his legendary mentor, the American classical saxophonist Donald Sinta.    


Dr. James & Sharon Humphreys