John Corigliano: Living Legend

Doors: 7:00 PM

Concert: 7:30 PM


Peter Oundjian, conductor

Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano

Timothy McAllister, saxophone

John Corigliano, composer

The Festival is honored to welcome none other than Pulitzer Prize-winning John Corigliano as 2023 composer-in-residence. Conducted by Music Director Peter Oundjian, this retrospective program examines three stages of Corigliano’s vast career, beginning with his pastoral Gazebo Dances. Corigliano penned the song cycle One Sweet Morning in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the events of 9/11, borrowing text from four poems of varying intensity and ultimately ending with, as he explains, “the dream of a world without war – an impossible dream, perhaps, but certainly one worth dreaming.” The tender words of these poems are performed here by the highly sought-after mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke. Corigliano’s most recent work is Triathlon, written for guest saxophonist Timothy McAllister, who returns to the Chautauqua stage after dazzling Festival audiences in 2022. Triathlon demonstrates McAllister’s musical athleticism in three dynamic movements which feature in turn soprano, alto, and baritone saxophone. 


John Corigliano, Gazebo Dances (for orchestra) (1974)

John Corigliano, One Sweet Morning for voice and orchestra (2010)

John Corigliano, Triathlon for saxophone and orchestra (2020)


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