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  • http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/cal-performances-2015-16-kronos-buena-vista-social-club-ndour-adams-andres-cooper-2015-04-21
    April 21, 2015|0 comments

    Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, has announced its 2015–16 concert season, the organization's 110th, which will feature performances from artists and works by composers familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal: Kronos Quartet, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Youssou N'Dour, John Adams, Timo Andres, and Jacob Cooper.

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    John Adams
  • http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-scheherazade2-world-premiere-new-york-philharmonic-2015-03-25
    March 25, 2015|0 comments

    John Adams's latest work, Scheherazade.2, receives its world premiere in performances by the NY Philharmonic, led by Alan Gilbert, at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC this Thursday through Saturday, March 26–28. This "dramatic symphony" for violin and orchestra was written for the violinist Leila Josefowicz, who will perform the piece with the Philharmonic. In the piece, Adams reflects on the hardship and unfair treatment of women throughout history, with the violinist representing the legendary Scheherazade. Also on this week's program are Lyadov's The Enchanted Lake and Stravinsky's Petrushka. Each performance will be preceded by a pre-concert talk with the composer.

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    John Adams
  • http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/grammy-awards-john-adams-city-noir-chris-thile-edgar-meyer-bass-mandolin-2015-02-09
    February 09, 2015|0 comments

    Congratulations to John Adams, Chris Thile, and Edgar Meyer, all winners at the 57th Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles last night. Adams's City Noir won the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for the St. Louis Symphony and conductor David Robertson, featuring saxophonist Timothy McAllister. Thile and Meyer's duo album, Bass & Mandolin, won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. 

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    John Adams
  • http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-city-noir-npr-ten-best-classical-albums-2014-12-12
    December 12, 2014|0 comments

    John Adams's album City Noir has made NPR's list of the Ten Best Classical Albums of 2014. "[T]here was such a bounty of phenomenal albums released this year that the selection process was a joy," writes NPR's Anastasia Tsioulcas. She calls saxophonist Timothy McAllister "outstanding" and says "the performances by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, led by David Robertson, are invigorating and top-notch." The New York Times's Anthony Tommasini includes The Met's production of Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer among the Ten Best Classical Music Events of 2014, calling it "a searing yet ruminative work."

     

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    John Adams
  • http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/nonesuch-artists-earn-11-grammy-nominations-2014-12-05
    December 05, 2014|0 comments

    Congratulations to all of the Nonesuch artists who were nominated for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, announced earlier today by The Recording Academy: The Black Keys, Nickel Creek, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer, John Adams, and Brad Mehldau. Together, these artists' Nonesuch releases have garnered a total of 11 nominations this year. The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on "Grammy Sunday," February 8, 2015, in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS. 

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    John Adams
  • http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/on-the-death-of-klinghoffer-2014-10-21
    October 21, 2014|2 comments

    Composer John Adams's 1991 opera The Death of Klinghoffer received its Metropolitan Opera premiere last night, the first of eight Met performances during the 2014–15 season. The opera, with a libretto by Alice Goodman, was originally directed by frequent Adams collaborator Peter Sellars. It addresses the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro ocean liner and the murder of a Jewish-American passenger, Leon Klinghoffer, by Palestinian terrorists. Nonesuch Records released the first recording of The Death of Klinghoffer, with the Orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon, in 1992. Here, Nonesuch President Robert Hurwitz offers his reflections on the piece and some background about the 1992 recording

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    John Adams
  • http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-death-klinghoffer-metropolitan-opera-premiere-2014-10-20
    October 20, 2014|0 comments

    John Adams's 1991 opera The Death of Klinghoffer receives its Metropolitan Opera premiere tonight, the first of eight performances during the Met's 2014–15 season. This is the third Adams work to be staged at the Met, following Doctor Atomic and Nixon in China. The production is directed by Tom Morris, with David Robertson conducting and baritone Paulo Szot starring in the leading role.

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    John Adams
  • http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-conduct-yale-philharmonia-lincoln-center-2014-10-06
    October 06, 2014|0 comments

    John Adams will lead the Yale Philharmonia in a concert at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City on Sunday, October 19. The program opens with Stravinsky’s Orpheus, followed by Adams’s Beethoven-inspired piece Absolute Jest (also featuring the Brentano String Quartet in its debut year as Yale’s quartet-in-residence), and Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major. The artists will also perform the program at Yale University's Woolsey Hall on Friday, October 17. 

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    John Adams
  • http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-songplay-ceiling-sky-receive-la-premiere-2014-08-20
    August 20, 2014|0 comments

    John Adams’s 1995 "songplay" I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky receives its long-overdue LA premiere in a Long Beach Opera performance at the Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday. The piece, with a libretto by the late poet June Jordan, uses the 1994 Northridge, California, earthquake as a starting point to explore race, gender, and immigration issues among young Angelenos. Nonesuch Records released the recording of Ceiling/Sky in 1998, featuring Audra McDonald, among others.

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    John Adams
  • http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-city-noir-new-album-superb-performances-st-louis-post-dispatch-2014-08-04
    August 04, 2014|0 comments

    John Adams's new recording of City Noir and his Saxophone Concerto features "superb" performances by the St. Louis Symphony led by David Robertson and "first-class soloist" saxophonist Timothy McAllister, says the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. McAllister's "performance, well-supported by Robertson, is amazing." The Post-Dispatch concludes that "both pieces get terrific performances; the recording itself got top-notch engineering." McAllister and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra give the West Coast Premiere of the Saxophone Concerto at the Cabrillo Music Festival on Saturday, August 9. 

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    John Adams

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