Thursday, February 14, 2008
Nonesuch wishes John Adams a very happy birthday today. He'll be in town this weekend for the New York premiere of his Doctor Atomic Symphony at Carnegie Hall on Saturday at 8 PM. The work is based on orchestral music from Adams's 2005 opera Doctor Atomic, which depicts the final hours leading to the detonation of the first atomic bomb. The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, led by David Robertson, will perform the piece; the ensemble gave the North American premiere last week in St. Louis.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
When the band that would become Punch Brothers premiered Chris Thile's long-form piece The Blind Leaving the Blind in Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall for last year's In Your Ear festival curated by John Adams, it brought a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd. As Time Out New York's Steve Smith writes in his five-star review of the band's Nonesuch debut, Punch, that event was further proof that Thile is a composer unlike most others.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
When Kronos Quartet returns to Carnegie Hall next month, the group will give the world premiere performance of label mate Fernando Otero's El Cerezo (The Cherry Tree), which the Argentinean-born composer wrote for Kronos.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
On Friday night, London's Barbican Centre celebrated John Adams's 60th birthday in style. For the occasion, Adams conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring his own Choruses from The Death of Klinghoffer, as well as Britten's Symphony for Cello and Orchestra and the London premiere of Colin Matthews's Reflected Images.
BBC Radio 3 is broadcasting the concert on today's Performance on 3 program and will continue to stream the performance online for the next seven days.
To listen, visit bbc.co.uk.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
John Adams has made the San Francisco Chronicle's society page, on the occasion of his 60th birthday and the forthcoming US premiere of his latest opera, A Flowering Tree, with Adams leading the San Francisco Symphony, beginning March 1.
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
John Adams has written an essay for The Guardian about his new opera, A Flowering Tree. The composer reflects on working with director and co-librettist Peter Sellars and discusses the influence of Mozart on the piece.