Monday, July 11, 2011
John Adams Focus of Q2's "The New Canon," Featured in Cleveland Orchestra's Lincoln Center Festival Series
John Adams is "this summer's hottest composer," says Q2, with recent stagings of two of his operas and, this week, a Lincoln Center Festival series in which the Cleveland Orchestra pairs his orchestral works with Bruckner symphonies. Watch Adams and Cleveland Music Director Franz Welser-Möst discuss the creative process in a video here. Tune in to Q2's The New Canon for a live chat about Adams with soprano Jessica Rivera (A Flowering Tree) and flautist Eric Lamb (Son of Chamber Symphony).
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Cincinnati Opera Performs John Adams's "A Flowering Tree," "Ravishing Music ... Lyrical, Lush, Dreamlike" (Cincinnati Enquirer)
The Cincinnati Opera performs John Adams's opera A Flowering Tree tonight and Saturday, reuniting the world-premiere cast featured on the Nonesuch recording of the opera: soprano Jessica Rivera, tenor Russell Thomas, and bass-baritone Eric Owens. The Cincinnati Enquirer says "Adams takes a striking new path" with A Flowering Tree, "combining an exotic story of magical transformation and love with ravishing music ... lyrical, lush and dreamlike." Watch a preview of the production and go backstage in videos here.
Friday, June 17, 2011
John Adams's "Polished and Vibrant" New Album Earns Four Stars in Times of London, The Guardian, MusicOMH
John Adams’s latest Nonesuch album pairs his Son of Chamber Symphony with his String Quartet. The album receives four stars from the Times of London, which calls it "polished and vibrant"; the Guardian, which says that “both works are given exactly the kind of high-octane performances that Adams's instrumental music demands"; and MusicOMH, which calls it “a fine pair of works to complete the next chapter in Adams’ considerable recorded legacy.” Adams's 1991 opera The Death of Klinghoffer is also receiving praise in its new production at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
John Adams's "Nixon in China" Met Opera Premiere, Conducted by Adams, Airs on PBS's "Great Performances at the Met"
The Metropolitan Opera's premiere production of John Adams's Nixon in China, conducted by the composer and staged by director Peter Sellars in their Met debuts, airs on PBS tonight at 9 PM ET, as part of THIRTEEN's Great Performances at the Met series. To coincide with the Met premiere of Nixon in China, Nonesuch Records reissued the Grammy-winning original cast recording in a newly redesigned three-CD set, available now.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
John Adams's New Album "Magnificent, A Real Feast for the Ears," Says Audiophile Audition; Five Stars
John Adams's new album, featuring his Son of Chamber Symphony and String Quartet, is out today. The first piece, deemed "dangerously exhilarating" by the Financial Times, is performed on the album by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), led by the composer. The second, which the Philadelphia Inquirer calls "a knockout," is performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Audiophile Audition gives the album a perfect five stars: "This is a magnificent addition to the Adams’ discography that will win him new fans. The performance and recording are exemplary, a real feast for the ears and your stereo system."
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
NPR Contributor Covers Week in the Life of ICE Executive Director; Ensemble Performs on John Adams's "Son of Chamber Symphony"
John Adams's new album, featuring his Son of Chamber Symphony performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), led by Adams, and his String Quartet, performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, is out next Tuesday, May 31. All this week, NPR's Lara Pellegrinelli is following ICE's executive director, flautist Claire Chase, as she goes about her exhausting daily schedule, reporting via Twitter and preparing a piece to air at a later date on NPR.
Monday, May 23, 2011
John Adams received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Juilliard School at the conservatory's 106th Commencement Ceremony and delivered the commencement address at the ceremony, held at Alice Tully Hally in New York City on Friday, May 20, 2011. Also receiving honorary doctoral degrees from Juilliard President Joseph W. Polisi were pianist and producer Herbie Hancock, actor Derek Jacobi, and choreographer Twyla Tharp. The full text of Adams's commencement address is posted here.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
John Adams's "The Death of Klinghoffer" to Receive London Premiere in ENO's 2011/12 Season, Directed by "War Horse"'s Tom Morris
John Adams's 1990 opera The Death of Klinghoffer will receive its London premiere in the 2011/12 season of the English National Opera. Director Tom Morris (War Horse) leads the London stage premiere of this retelling of the 1985 Achille Lauro hijacking. The ENO says the season aims to show "the unique way in which opera can explore the politically and socially charged issues of our day." The Opera Theatre of Saint Louis performs the work month. Adams will receive an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Juilliard this Friday and will deliver the school's commencement address.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
John Adams's "Nixon in China" Met Opera Premiere, Conducted by Adams, to Air on PBS's "Great Performances at the Met" June 1
The Metropolitan Opera's premiere production of John Adams's Nixon in China, conducted by the composer and staged by director Peter Sellars in their Met debuts, will air on PBS on Wednesday, June 1, at 9 PM ET, as part of THIRTEEN's Great Performances at the Met series. Watch a preview here. To coincide with the Met premiere of Nixon in China, Nonesuch Records reissued the Grammy-winning original cast recording in a newly redesigned three-CD set, available now.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
John Adams will receive an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Juilliard School at the conservatory's 106th Commencement Ceremony on May 20. Adams will also deliver this year's commencement address. Also receiving honorary doctoral degrees are Herbie Hancock, Derek Jacobi, and Twyla Tharp. Adams’s latest Nonesuch album, Son of Chamber Symphony / String Quartet, is due out on May 31 and is now available for pre-order in the Nonesuch Store.