"Adams imparts a lighter touch to the orchestration to support the solo alto saxophone’s sinewy lines, played with wondrous dexterity by Timothy McAllister"

Pwyll ap Sion GRAMOPHONE Magazine (Aug. 2014)

"McAllister was the tirelessly virtuosic soloist, playing with rhythmic drive and confident swagger…"

Hugo Shirley The Telegraph (UK) (9/5/14)

"a titan of contemporary music and the instrument in general"

Zachary Lewis The Plain Dealer, Cleveland (10/7/14)

"a fearless musician and risk taker…a one-of-a-kind artist the way Yo-Yo Ma is"

John Adams Pulitzer Prize Laureate and Grammy-winning composer

"McAllister was phenomenal, giving a dazzling performance that rocked the audience to its feet for a prolonged and well-deserved ovation"

Sarah Bryan Miller St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Oct 2013)

"…jaw-dropping technical display…a well-known master of his instrument."

Daniel Coombs Audiophile Audition

"…breathtaking and spectacular…a revolution displayed in the hands of an artist…"

Donald Sinta Earl V. Moore Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Saxophone, The University of Michigan

"McAllister is at the center of what’s probably the most mainstream classical saxophone disc of the decade - John Adams’ City Noir and Saxophone Concerto on Nonesuch"

David Patrick Stearns The Philadelphia Inquirer (April 2014)

Latest Release

John ADAMS: City Noir/Saxophone Concerto; David Robertson/St. Louis Symphony

Nonesuch Records released City Noir—comprising the title piece by composer John Adams and the debut recording of his Saxophone Concerto—on May 6, 2014. Both pieces are performed by the St. Louis Symphony led by Music Director David Robertson. Saxophonist Timothy McAllister is featured on both pieces.

Release Date May 6, 2014
Producer Nonesuch Records
Catalog Number 541356

City Noir/Saxophone Concerto takes home the GRAMMY!

What an honor to be part of this Nonesuch album that took home the 2015 GRAMMY Award for Best Orchestral Performance! An amazing tribute to the musicians and staff at the St. Louis Symphony who helped make it all happen. I am thrilled to reprise the Saxophone Concerto in January 2016 with the orchestra in St. Louis and on a week-long, Grammy celebration California Tour! Stay posted for more information!

Upcoming Performances

  1. Performance with Los Angeles Philharmonic; Steven Mackey “Mnemosyne’s Pool”

    7:30 PM

    Steven Mackey is an electric guitarist and composer whose concert music is influenced by all the jazz and rock he’s played. The World Premiere of his new, 45-minute orchestral work is followed by Reich’s moving three-act video opera (2002) about advancing technology, created in tandem with visual artist Beryl Korot and combining projections with live performers.

  2. Performance with Symphonieorchestre des Bayerischen Rundfunks

    8:00 PM

    John Adams CITY NOIR Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

  3. Performance with Symphonieorchestre des Bayerischen Rundfunks

    8:00 PM

    John Adams CITY NOIR Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

  4. Heritage/ Evolution: PRISM Quartet with Chris Potter and Ravi Coltrane at the Painted Bride

    7:30 PM

    Hailed by Chamber Music Magazine for “pioneering achievements of the highest order,” the PRISM Quartet presents the next installment of Heritage/Evolution, a groundbreaking project featuring world premieres of new works composed and performed by today’s most inventive jazz saxophonists. This time around, Heritage/Evolution spotlights PRISM with saxophone luminaries Chris Potter and Ravi Coltrane. The program follows PRISM’s January 2015 CD release of Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1 on Innova Recordings with guest saxophonists Steve Lehman, Dave Liebman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Greg Osby, Tim Ries, and Miguel Zenón.

Live Excerpts

  • Abduction from Montag aus Licht

    Karlheinz Stockhausen
  • Children's Songs

    Chick Corea
  • Concerto for Alto Saxophone and 11 Instruments

    Andrew Mead
  • Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra

    Ingolf Dahl
  • Csardas

    Vittorio Monti
  • Deep Blue (2003) for alto saxophone and percussion

    Luca Vanneschi
  • Duo Sonata for Two Baritone Saxophones

    Sofia Gubaidulina
  • Escapades: Suite from "Catch Me If You Can"

    John Williams
  • Six Bagatelles (2002) for alto saxophone and bassoon

    Andrew Mead
  • Sonata, Mvt. IV Nocturne et Final

    Fernande Decruck
  • Urban Thoughts for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra

    Daniel Worley