McAllister to be part of Best of the West Music Festival

Saxophonist Timothy McAllister will be the featured musician performing in concerts that are part of the 14th annual Best of the West Music Festival at Colorado Mesa University.

The festival features three public concerts and two days of workshops for more than 200 talented high school musicians from Colorado and Utah.

McAllister, a professor of saxophone at Northwestern University and soprano chair of the renowned Prism Quartet, will perform at two of the concerts.

The New York Times hailed McAllister as “one of the foremost saxophonists of his generation,” noted the biography at

His solo debut at age 16 was with the Houston Civic Symphony and since then he has performed around the world, the biography said.

Here are details for the Best of the West Music Festival concerts:

■ McAllister will perform a solo saxophone recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Recital Hall in the Moss Performing Arts Center, 1231 N. 12th St. Tickets for the guest recital are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.

■ The CMU Wind Symphony will perform a world premiere composition by Roshanne Etezady titled “Invincible Summer” at a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in Robinson Theatre. McAllister will be featured on William Bolcolm’s Concert Suite in E flat for Alto Saxophone and Band.

Guest conductors for the concert are Carolyn Barber from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Casey Cropp, retired band director from Rocky Mountain High School. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

■ The Best of the West final concert will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Robinson Theatre. It will feature a variety of music by current composers, played by three different student bands. CMU’s marching band director, Jonathan Hinkle, will conduct. The concert is free to attend.

Call 248-1604 for tickets and information.


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