The Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra:
When the French scholar Jean Gottmann (1915-1994) was asked about his first trip along the Northeastern Seaboard of America in 1942, the most striking feature he discovered was "the density of great cities along this coast, from Boston to Washington…it resulted obviously from the coalescence, recently achieved, of a chain of metropolitan areas, each of which grew around a substantial urban nucleus. The super-metropolitan character of this vast area, the greatest such growth ever observed, called for a special name. We chose the word ‘Megalopolis’...”
Founded in Boston in 2016, the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra (MSO) brings together artists of “exceptional musicianship” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) to present new works alongside neglected works from the repertoire. The only professional ensemble of its kind, the MSO has commissioned composers Hayes Biggs, Alex Burtzos, Niki Harlafti, Nima Janmohammadi, Gleb Kanasevich, Jesse Limbacher, and Lara Poe. In addition to their commitment to the music of today, the MSO has presented national and local premieres of original works for saxophone orchestra by Stephen Dankner, Werner Wolf Glaser, Walter Hartley, Edmund Jolliffe, Mark Taggart, and Carl Anton Wirth.
For their 2019-20 season, the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra will present four concerts at venues including All Saints’ Church (Princeton, NJ) and the DiMenna Center for Classical Music (NY, NY). Their first two concerts of the season will feature the world premiere of a new work by Molly Herron, as well as a collaboration with mezzo-soprano Briana Hunter. For the Spring, the ensemble will present two world premieres, including a new work by the winner of the MSO’s second Call for Scores. These concerts will additionally feature winning works from the MSO’s Call for Scores, highlighting emerging composers across the globe.
Supported by the Boston Opportunity Fund, in-kind contributions, and generous donors, the MSO is proud to present all events free of charge. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the MSO and its future projects, please visit here.