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 2018-19 season, the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra will present four concerts at venues including the First Church of Cambridge (Cambridge, MA) and the DiMenna Center for Classical Music (NY, NY). Their first two concerts of the year included the world premiere of a new large-scale work dedicated to the ensemble by Manhattan School of Music faculty member Hayes Biggs. For the Spring, the ensemble will present two world premieres, one by William Schuman prize-winner Lara Poe, and the second by the MSO’s Composer-in-Residence, Niki Harlafti. These concerts will additionally feature winning works from the MSO’s first-ever Call for Scores, highlighting emerging composers across the globe.
Supported by the 2018 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.