Monday, July 11, 2011
John Adams Focus of Q2's "The New Canon," Featured in Cleveland Orchestra's Lincoln Center Festival SeriesJohn Adams's music is in high-demand this summer, with stagings of two of his operas, The Death of Klinghoffer and A Flowering Tree recently presented by the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Cincinnati Opera, respectively, and, this week, a Lincoln Center Festival series featuring his symphonic works. Adams is the focus of a live chat today on The New Canon from Q2, the New York-based internet stream from WQXR devoted to new music. Join soprano Jessica Rivera, one of the stars of A Flowering Tree, both in Cincinnati and in the original production recorded on the Nonesuch album, and flautist Eric Lamb, who performs Son of Chamber Symphony with the International Contemporary Ensemble on Adams's latest Nonesuch release, for a chat about the man Q2 has dubbed "this summer's hottest composer." Tune in to The New Canon online at wqxr.org today at 4 PM EST.
Later this week, as part of the Lincoln Center Festival's Bruckner (R)evolution series, the Cleveland Orchestra will juxtapose Adams's orchestral works with four of Anton Bruckner's symphonies. Franz Welser-Möst, music director of the orchestra, has stated that Bruckner is "the grandfather of minimalism," and the series seeks to explore the similarities between the works of this late romantic composer and those of Adams. During the festival performances, the orchestra will perform Guide to Strange Places (2001) this Wednesday, July 13, and Doctor Atomic Symphony (2007) on Thursday, and will be joined by violinist Leila Josefowicz in his Violin Concerto (1993) in the final Cleveland concert, on Sunday, July 17.
Watch Adams and Welser-Möst discuss the creative process and Adams's connection with Bruckner in this video from Lincoln Center:
For information and tickets to Lincoln Center's Bruckner (R)evolution performances, visit lincolncenterfestival.org.
To pick up a copy of any of the albums in the John Adams's Nonesuch catalog, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album at checkout.