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The Chairman Dances

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  • John Adams’s "City Noir" & Saxophone Concerto Due May 6 with St. Louis Symphony, David Robertson, Saxophonist Timothy McAllister

    Nonesuch Records releases City Noir—comprising the title piece by composer John Adams and the debut recording of his Saxophone Concerto—on May 6, 2014. Both pieces are performed by the St. Louis Symphony led by Music Director David Robertson. Saxophonist Timothy McAllister is featured on both pieces. The City Noir album is available to pre-order in the Nonesuch Store.

  • John Adams Joins Toronto Symphony Orchestra for Its Tenth Annual New Creations Festival

    John Adams has teamed up with Toronto Symphony Orchestra Music Director Peter Oundjian for the tenth-annual New Creations Festival, running Saturday, March 1, through Friday, March 7. Following his TSO debut in the 2011 New Creations Festival, Adams returns with his music as a focus in the 2014 Festival, with Oundjian leading the TSO in his Doctor Atomic Symphony and the composer leading the orchestra in the Canadian premieres of his Slonimsky’s Earbox and Absolute Jest.

About this Album

Named one of the 50 essential classical CDs by NPR’s Performance Today, The Chairman Dances anticipates Adams’s landmark Nixon in China—in the composer’s words, “a kind of warm-up for embarking on the creation of the full opera.”


San Francisco Symphony
Edo de Waart, conductor


Recorded November 1986 at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Recording Engineer: John Newton
Assistant Engineer: Lolly Lewis
Digital Editing: E. Amelia Rogers
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig

Art direction and design: Carin Goldberg
Cover photograph by Joel Meyerowitz

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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