New work will be recorded by Nonesuch Records

ST. LOUIS— Nonesuch Records returns to Powell Hall in early October to record the St. Louis Symphony’s October 5-6 performances of John Adams’ new Saxophone Concerto.  The work was co-commissioned by the St. Louis Symphony and will feature soloist Timothy McAllisterThe composer will be in attendance for the performances.

The concerto received critical acclaim at its world premiere performance by McAllister and the Baltimore Symphony, another co-commissioner, in September:  “The score deftly fuses classical and jazz elements to create a cohesive, arresting experience,” said Tim Smith in the Baltimore Sun.  “Adams…has created here a kinetic, ecstatic ride that achieves giddy heights along the way.”

Nonesuch held a similar session last season with the STL Symphony, recording its performances of Adams’ City Noir.  The Saxophone Concerto and City Noir performance will be combined and released by Nonesuch Records at a later date. 

The St. Louis Symphony’s last release with Nonesuch, in 2009, included John Adams’ Dr. Atomic Symphony, and was named “Classical Album of the Decade” by The Times of London.

Saturday’s performance will be broadcast live on St. Louis Public Radio 90.7-KWMU and streamed online at  Music Director David Robertson, John Adams and Timothy McAllister will all be interviewed live at intermission, just minutes after the concerto is performed.

Saturday, October 5, 8pm

Sunday, October 6, 3pm

David Robertson, conductor
Timothy McAllister, saxophone

Jon Kimura Parker, piano

GERSHWIN                                         Cuban Overture

ADAMS                                                                Saxophone Concerto

ADAMS                                                                The Chairman Dances

GERSHWIN                                         Concerto in F


*Founded in 1880 and now in its 134th season, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and widely considered one of the world’s finest. In September 2005, internationally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became the 12th Music Director, the second American-born conductor to hold that post in the Orchestra’s history.  The St. Louis Symphony strives for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility and community connection while meeting its mission statement:  enriching people’s live through the power of music. The Symphony presents a full season of classical programs and Live at Powell Hall concerts, as well as hundreds of free education and community programs each year. In May 2009, the Symphony implemented an encompassing strategic plan that includes a 10-year vision focusing on artistic and institutional excellence, expanding audience and revenue growth across all key operating areas.