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Mozart, Montgomery & More

Thursday, January 5—Sunday, January 8, 2023

Thursday, January 5—Sunday, January 8, 2023
West Bloomfield, Plymouth, Bloomfield Hills, Grosse Pointe
2 hours

Bookending this concert are two of Mozart’s most beloved works: the overture to his opera about a doomed lothario, and his 40th Symphony, an expressive statement of deep emotion. In between, Jessie Montgomery’s piece for strings contains a driving rhythm that draws on American folk music and dance, and Sibelius’ plaintive waltz evokes both grief and hope. Timothy McAllister solos in Glazunov’s lyrical concerto for saxophone and orchestra.


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Overture to Don Giovanni
Saxophone Concerto
Valse triste
Symphony No. 40


Jayce Ogren


Jayce Ogren has established himself as one of the most innovative and versatile conductors of his generation. From symphonic concerts to revolutionary community service programs to operatic world premieres, he is a leader in breaking down barriers between audiences and great music.

Ogren is Music Director of the Monterey Symphony in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, and was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Michigan, where he conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra, Contemporary Directions Ensemble and the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he serves as Principal Guest Conductor of Philadelphia’s new music ensemble Orchestra 2001.

In the 2022-2023 season, Ogren will lead the Dallas, Detroit and Oregon symphonies, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Symphony San Jose and Westchester Philharmonic, among others. In January 2023 he will conduct a two concert tribute to the life, work and influence of George Crumb, to be presented by the University of Michigan Contemporary Directions Ensemble and Philharmonia Orchestra.

Ogren began his career as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, an appointment he held from 2006-2009. In the years since, he has conducted many of the world’s most prominent orchestras, including the BBC Symphony, Boston Symphony, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, the Dallas and San Francisco Symphonies, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Among the numerous progressive projects Ogren has conducted are Basil Twist’s The Rite of Spring with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center; the world premiere of David Lang’s symphony for a broken orchestra, bringing together 400 amateur and professional musicians in Philadelphia; 30th anniversary performances of Frank Zappa’s The Yellow Shark with Orchestra 2001; and the world premiere of Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

For over a decade, Ogren has been closely associated with the Leonard Bernstein Office, conducting the New York premiere of Bernstein’s only opera, A Quiet Place, at Lincoln Center; the European premiere of the film with live orchestra version of West Side Story at London’s Royal Albert Hall; and the world premieres of new orchestrations of Fancy Free and Dybbuk with Lost Dog New Music Ensemble.

A longtime collaborator of singer/songwriter/composer Rufus Wainwright, Ogren conducted the U.S. premiere of his opera Prima Donna at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Scandinavian premiere at the Royal Swedish Opera, and led its recording with the BBC Symphony on Deutsche Grammaphon. Ogren and Mr. Wainwright have since appeared together throughout the world, with ensembles such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France in Paris and the Toronto Symphony.

A devoted educator, he was invited by renowned poet Paul Muldoon to create an interdisciplinary studio class at Princeton University for the 2017-2018 academic year. He has worked with students at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Cleveland Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Music Academy of the West and Verbier Festival. In 2016, he presented a unique workshop in orchestral rehearsal techniques for music teachers at Carnegie Hall in collaboration with the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute and the Juilliard School Pre-College.

As a composer, Ogren has received commissions from ensembles throughout the United States. His Symphonies of Gaia for symphonic wind ensemble has been performed extensively throughout the world, and is published by C. Alan Publications.

Ogren holds degrees from St. Olaf College, New England Conservatory and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar with Alan Gilbert and Jorma Panula. His wife, Carly Berger Ogren, is an architect, and together they have an adventurous 4 year old son, Alistair. An avid athlete, he has competed in the Big Sur, Boston and New York City marathons, the JFK 50 Miler trail run, and the Ironman Lake Placid triathlon. As an individual member of 1% for the Planet, Ogren is proud to connect his artistic work with his deep love of nature and concern for the environment.

Timothy McAllister

Timothy McAllister is one of today’s premier saxophonists, a member of the renowned PRISM Quartet, and a champion of contemporary music credited with dozens of recordings and over 150 premieres of new compositions by eminent and emerging composers worldwide. His 2022 premiere of John Corgiliano’s Triathlon: Concerto for Saxophonist and Orchestra, which employs soprano, alto, and baritone saxes, was a tour de force “he gave the piece the knockout performance it deserved” (San Francisco Chronicle).

McAllister’s rise to international fame came in 2009 with his celebrated work in John Adams’s “City Noir,” filmed as part of Gustavo Dudamel’s inaugural concert as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the world premiere of John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto in August 2013 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the composer in the Sydney Opera House. Subsequent critically acclaimed US premieres with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and St. Louis Symphony followed, along with engagements with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra at the London Proms, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony, among others.

McAllister has recently been featured as a soloist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Elgin Symphony, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Royal Band of the Belgian Air Force, United States Navy Band, Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia, Tokyo Wind Symphony, Pacific Symphony, and the Nashville Symphony, among others. An in-demand orchestral saxophonist, he has toured in the US and abroad with both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, among others.

A renowned teacher of his instrument, he has served as the Professor of Saxophone at Northwestern University in Illinois, a Valade Artist Fellow for the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, and is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer and D’Addario companies. In September 2014 he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music, succeeding his legendary mentor, Donald Sinta. McAllister’s work can be heard on the Nonesuch, Deutsche Grammphon, Naxos, OMM, Stradivarius, Centaur, AUR, Albany, Parma, New Dynamic, Equilibrium, New Focus, and innova record labels.

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