Premiere of John Corigliano's Saxophonist Concerto 'Triathlon'

Premiere of John Corigliano's Saxophonist Concerto 'Triathlon'
Timothy McAllister

Saxophone soloist Timothy McAllister brings three instruments to the stage for the premiere of Triathlon (2020), the latest concerto by John Corigliano. Commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony, conductor Giancarlo Guerrero leads the orchestra on April 7-9, 2022 in the premiere of Corigliano's first new concerto in over a decade. McAllister also performs Triathlon with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and conductor David Alan Miller on June 4, as part of their American Music Festival.

About his first major work for the saxophone, Corigliano said that he was inspired by McAllister and “the wonderful joy that virtuosos can bring to music with their passion and…power.” Each movement features a different saxophone — “Leaps” (soprano), “Lines” (alto), and “Licks” (baritone) — in what Corigliano calls “three feats of high athletic prowess.”

Later in April, Teddy Abrams and the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs Corigliano's Symphony No. 1 (1988), his heartfelt response to the many lives lost during the AIDS epidemic. His encounter with “The Quilt” — a collection of thousands of fabric panels woven into an enormous memorial, each panel remembering someone who died of AIDS — drove him to create a symphony whose movements recalled his lifelong friends and others who perished.

His symphony won the 1990 Grawemeyer Award for Composition, and its recordings have been honored with multiple Grammy awards.

Triathlon world premiere
Timothy McAllister, saxophonist
San Francisco Symphony
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
San Francsico, CA
April 7-9, 2022

Symphony No. 1
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Teddy Abrams, conductor
Gen X Festival
Thomas Adès, curator
Los Angeles, CA
April 23-24, 2022

Timothy McAllister, saxophonist
Albany Symphony
David Alan Miller, conductor
American Music Festival
Albany, NY
June 4, 2022

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