http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/new-john-adams-album-two-stellar-works-ny-times-incisive-performance-mcallister-sizzles-2014-06-06June 06, 2014|0 commentsNew John Adams Album Features "Two Stellar Works" (NY Times); "Incisive Performance; Saxophonist Timothy McAllister Sizzles"
The new album of John Adams's City Noir and Saxophone Concerto is out now, performed by the St. Louis Symphony led by David Robertson, featuring saxophonist Timothy McAllister. "Dense, brash and exuberant," raves the New York Times, "these two stellar works by John Adams are love letters to the confidence of the 1950s and a time when some of the greatest feats of virtuosity were often performed in smoky jazz clubs." It's "an incisive performance," says the Times; "McAllister sizzles." The Times of London gives the album four stars, calling the concerto "fun from start to finish."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Reviewsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-city-noir-saxophone-concerto-out-now-st-louis-symphony-david-robertson-timothy-mcallister-2014-05-06May 06, 2014|0 commentsJohn Adams’s "City Noir" & Saxophone Concerto Out Now, with St. Louis Symphony, David Robertson, Saxophonist Timothy McAllister
The new album with John Adams's City Noir (2009) and the debut recording of his 2012 Saxophone Concerto is out now in North America, with an international release to follow May 19. Both pieces are performed by the St. Louis Symphony led by David Robertson, featuring saxophonist Timothy McAllister. City Noir, inspired by Los Angeles "noir" films of the 1940s and '50s, "is riveting," says the New York Times. Adams composed his Saxophone Concerto for McAllister, whom he calls "a fearless musician and risk taker," after McAllister's performance of the sax solo part in City Noir.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist Newsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-city-noir-saxophone-concerto-due-may-6-2014-04-09April 09, 2014|0 commentsJohn 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.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist Newsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-joins-toronto-symphony-orchestra-tenth-annual-new-creations-festival-2014-02-28February 28, 2014|0 comments
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.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist Newsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-leads-residency-orquesta-coro-nacionales-espana-madrid-2014-02-18February 19, 2014|0 comments
Composer John Adams kicks off an extensive residency with the Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España in Madrid. The residency, titled Carta Blanca a John Adams, features performances of his Absolute Jest, Harmonielehre, American Berserk, China Gates, Phrygian Gates, Shaker Loops, John’s Book of Alleged Dances, String Quartet, Slonimsky’s Earbox, and Doctor Atomic Symphony; talks with the composer; a guest appearance by Jeremy Denk; film screenings of The Death of Klinghoffer and I Am Love; and a collaborative session with area students.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist Newsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-the-death-of-klinghoffer-receive-metropolitan-opera-premiere-2014-02-13February 13, 2014|0 comments
John Adams's 1991 opera The Death of Klinghoffer will receive its Metropolitan Opera premiere on October 20, 2014, 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 (War Horse), with David Robertson conducting and baritone Paulo Szot in the leading role.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/barbican-present-explorations-the-sound-of-nonesuch-records-marathon-weekend-may-17-18-2014January 23, 2014|0 commentsBarbican to Present "Explorations: The Sound of Nonesuch Records" Marathon Weekend, May 17 & 18, 2014
The Barbican's 2014 marathon weekend, May 17 and 18, will celebrate Nonesuch Records in the label's 50th anniversary year. Entitled Explorations: The Sound of Nonesuch Records, this curated weekend of events includes five concerts taking place in LSO St Luke's, Guildhall School's new Milton Court Concert Hall, and the Barbican Hall, with performances from Jonny Greenwood, Kronos Quartet, Brad Mehldau, Timo Andres, Sam Amidon, Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens, Olivia Chaney, and others performing works by Greenwood, Mehldau, Andres, Steve Reich, John Adams, Philip Glass, Frederic Rzewski, Henryk Górecki, Donnacha Dennehy, and more. Satellite events will include Kronos at 40 (May 13) and Jeremy Denk (May 24) with further events to be announced.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist Newsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-saxophone-concerto-us-premiere-baltimore-symphony-orchestra-ecstatic-ride-2013-09-23September 23, 2013|0 commentsJohn Adams's Saxophone Concerto Given US Premiere by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: "Ecstatic Ride" (Baltimore Sun)
John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto received its US premiere over the weekend, with Marin Alsop conducting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and saxophonist Timothy McAllister, for whom the "virtuosic piece" (Washington Post) was written. The Baltimore Sun says "the score deftly fuses classical and jazz elements to create a cohesive, arresting experience ... Adams, whose style has evolved over the decades from pristine minimalism to a kind of post-Mahler richness of thematic ideas and orchestral textures, has created here a kinetic, ecstatic ride that achieves giddy heights along the way." McAllister performs the Saxophone Concerto with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on October 5 and 6.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Reviewsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-conducts-saxophone-concerto-world-premiere-australia-2013-08-21August 21, 2013|0 comments
John Adams makes his first-ever Australian concert appearances with programs titled Adams Conducts Adams in Sydney and Melbourne. Marking his Sydney Opera House debut as conductor, Adams leads the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and saxophonist Timothy McAllister in the world premiere of his Saxophone Concerto on Thursday and Friday. Also on the program are Adams’s Violin Concerto performed by Leila Josefowicz and works by Beethoven and Respighi. Adams heads next to Melbourne to conduct the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in an all-Adams program at Hamer Hall August 29 and 31 featuring the Australian premiere of City Noir and performances of his Violin Concerto and Short Ride in a Fast Machine.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tourjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-awarded-honorary-degree-from-yale-university-2013-05-21May 21, 2013|0 comments
Congratulations to composer John Adams, who received an honorary degree from Yale University at the school's 312th Commencement held in New Haven yesterday. Adams' fellow honorees include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and author Edwidge Danticat (seated in the photo with Adams). "You have pushed the boundaries of music, layering sound upon sound, playing with silence and speech and song, extending minimalism," read the citation honoring Adams. "Creating symphonies, choral works, concerti, and historical operas, your compositions have comforted and confronted, amused and amazed, challenged and transformed."