“Soloist Timothy McAllister proved brilliantly up to the enormous demands — vast spreads of pitches, disjunct lines that wanted to be as lyrical as possible and some dazzling scurries.”

Scott Cantrell The Dallas Morning News (4/25/12)

“(John) Adams goes for more than stylizations with [City Noir’s] wily jazz spine. Keeping a sweaty, smoky after-hours jam percolating were Timothy McAllister’s volcanic sax…”

Lewis Whittington American Record Guide (Sept/Oct 2010)

“the main attraction of this enjoyable St. Louis Symphony album, conducted by David Robertson, is Adams’ Saxophone Concerto, composed for the virtuosic Timothy McAllister, who plays it here. Stacked with swing-era allusions, moody 4am interludes and cartwheeling acrobatics, it is unpretentious fun from start to finish”

Richard Morrison The Times London (5/31/14)

“John Adams said he wouldn’t wish [that alto saxophone solo] on anyone, but Timothy McAllister dispatching it with wonderful grace on this world premiere evening.”

Fred Child Commentary from American Public Media/Performance Today’s coverage of Gustavo Dudamel’s Inaugural Concert with the LA Phil

“brilliant solos were in abundance, especially by Timothy McAllister…”

Janos Gereben San Francisco Classical Voice


  1. Network for New Music/PRISM Quartet: The Music of Robert Capanna

    7:30 PM

    In collaboration with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; Network Ensemble, joined by Prism Saxophone Quartet, with guest soprano Sharon Harms.

    Philadelphia composer Robert Capanna continues to have a profound influence on the musical life of our region, both as a composer and in a leadership role with many important cultural institutions. This portrait concert celebrates Bob’s music, featuring the Piccolo Concertante for saxophone quartet and string quintet, and the world premiere of What I Know, based on an original text by the composer. Pre-concert composer talk; 6:45pm.

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  2. Performances with the San Diego Symphony; John Adams “City Noir”

    8:00 PM

    Cristian Măcelaru, conductor— STRAVINSKY: Symphony in Three Movements; ADAMS: City Noir; COPLAND: Quiet City; BERNSTEIN: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Jan 20-22

  3. Soloist with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra

    7:30 PM

    Saenger Theatre; Peter Rubardt, conductor; John Williams “Escapades”

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  4. Soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony; John Adams Saxophone Concerto

    8:00 PM

    Hilbert Circle Theater; February 17-18; Edo de Waart, conductor

  5. Detroit Chamber Winds: “Skyline Sax”

    3:00 PM

    Join us on the 32nd floor of the “Cathedral of Finance” as Grammy-winning saxophonist Tim McAllister performs pieces that connect to the buildings bold Art Deco design. Enjoy the music while taking in sweeping views of the Detroit River.

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  6. Michigan Chamber Players

    4:00 PM

    Concert curated by Timothy McAllister featuring Matt Albert, Stephen Shipps, Liz Ames and composers Roshanne Etezady, Evan Chambers, Leslie Bassett and more!

  7. Performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

    10:45 AM

    10:45am, April 21; 8pm, April 22— Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Shostakovich Jazz Suite No. 1

  8. Soloist with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra; John Adams Saxophone Concerto

    8:00 PM
  9. Performances and HD Broadcast with the Berliner Philharmoniker; John Adams “City Noir”

    8:00 PM

    June 8, 9, 10 2017 Berlin Philharmonic; John Adams City Noir; Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

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  10. Soloist with the Brussels Philharmonic

    8:00 PM

    Stephane Deneve, conductor; Guillaume CONNESSON Saxophone Concerto “Kind of Trane”