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Slatkin Conducts Shostakovich’s Fifth

Mar 27 - Mar 29
Shostakovich’s Fifth journeys from haunting depths to its famously ambiguous finale. Saxophone virtuoso Timothy McAllister is the soloist in John Corigliano’s Triathlon, which was written for him. With movements centered on soprano, alto, and baritone saxophones, the piece requires — in the composer’s words — “three feats of high athletic prowess.” Cindy McTee’s Double Play is inspired by mid-20th-century big-band jazz.

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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall



Cindy McTee

Double Play

John Corigliano

Triathlon (New York Premiere)


Symphony No. 5


Leonard Slatkin Conductor

Leonard Slatkin is music director Laureate of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), honorary music director of the Orchestre national de Lyon (ONL), conductor laureate of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO), and principal guest conductor of the Orquesta filarmónica de Gran Canaria (OFGC). He maintains a rigorous guest-conducting schedule throughout the world and is active as a composer, author, and educator. 

Slatkin has received 6 Grammys and 35 nominations. His most recent recordings are Jeff Beal’s The Paper Lined Shack on Supertrain Records and Slatkin Conducts Slatkin, a compilation of pieces written by generations of his musical family, including three of his own, on Naxos. Naxos has also remastered and reissued audiophile editions of his recordings of Gershwin’s and Rachmaninoff’s orchestral works (with the SLSO) for Vox. Other Naxos releases include works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Berlioz (with the ONL) and Copland, Rachmaninoff, Alla Borzova, Cindy McTee, and John Williams (with the DSO). He has recorded the complete symphonc cycles of Brahms, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky (with the DSO).

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Timothy McAllister Saxophones

Today’s most celebrated classical saxophonist, Timothy McAllister has appeared with more than 40 of the world’s finest orchestras in more than 20 countries, from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to the BBC Symphony at the Proms. He is a champion of contemporary music, credited with more than 50 recordings and premieres of 200 compositions by eminent and emerging composers worldwide. John Corigliano composed Triathlon: Concerto for Saxophonist and Orchestra for McAllister, who premiered the work with Giancarlo Guerrero and the San Francisco Symphony, followed by a recording with the Nashville Symphony (due for imminent release). Longtime collaborator Tyshawn Sorey wrote Adagio (For Wadada Leo Smith) for McAllister, which he premiered with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Learn more about Timothy McAllister