Friday, February 24, 2012
John Adams's "The Death of Klinghoffer" Receives London Premiere in ENO Production Directed by Tom Morris
John Adams's opera The Death of Klinghoffer, featuring a libretto by Alice Goodman, receives its London premiere in performances by the English National Opera starting this Saturday. Director Tom Morris (War Horse) makes his opera directing debut. Following the 1991 premiere of The Death of Klinghoffer, the New York Times said the work “transmutes contemporary history into operatic poetry.” Adams and Goodman recently spoke with BBC Radio 3's Music Matters about the opera and the controversy that surrounds it. Morris does so as well in a video you can watch here.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Congratulations to Pat Metheny, who has won the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album for his 2011 Nonesuch release, What's It All About. This year's win marks Metheny's 19th Grammy Award. Watch his performance of The Beatles' "And I Love Her" here. Congratulations also go to Judith Sherman, who won the Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Classical, for work including two Nonesuch albums: John Adams's Son of Chamber Symphony and Steve Reich's WTC 9/11.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The Los Angeles Philharmonic has announced its 2012–13 season, which will feature the fully staged version of John Adams's oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary, directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by the Philharmonic's Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. The project will be taken on an international tour, with performances in London, Lucerne, Paris, and New York. Adams, who is the orchestra's Creative Chair, continues to oversee its popular Green Umbrella new-music series and will conduct two of the series' concerts in Los Angeles.
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Monday, January 30, 2012
Carnegie Hall has announced its 2012–13 season, and featured among the performers taking the esteemed hall's stages are a number of artists familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal, including Kronos Quartet, Richard Goode, Dawn Upshaw, and Alarm Will Sound, as well as world and New York premiere performances of works by Steve Reich, Timothy Andres, and Donnacha Dennehy. In addition, John Adams will lead a Professional Training Workshop for emerging talents through Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
John Adams's "Nixon in China" Met Opera Premiere, Conducted by Adams, Screens Free in NYC's Lincoln Center Plaza
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 be given a free screening in Lincoln Center Plaza in New York City tonight at 7:45 PM as part of the Met's third-annual free Summer HD Festival. Seating for the Met's Summer HD Festival is on a first-come, first-served basis and no tickets are required; more than 3,000 seats will be available.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
John Adams' "Son of Chamber Symphony" Has "Infectious Rhythmic Energy, Vitality" (Boston Globe); Four Stars (Detroit Free Press)
The first recording of John Adams's Son of Chamber Symphony was released on Nonesuch earlier this year, performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble, paired with his String Quartet, performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet. The Boston Globe says the former piece "has a madcap wit, an infectious rhythmic energy and vitality, and a beautifully wrought slow movement." The Detroit Free Press gives the album a perfect four stars, calling the latter piece "a major addition to the repertoire." The New Haven Advocate says it's "a first recording that seems likely to remain the benchmark."
Thursday, July 14, 2011
John Adams Appears on WNYC's "Soundcheck"; Cleveland Orchestra Launches Lincoln Center Festival Series with His Music
John Adams is the guest on WNYC's Soundcheck today. He'll discuss the Lincoln Center Festival's Bruckner (R)evolution series, in which the Cleveland Orchestra "audaciously couples" (New York Times) his work with four of Anton Bruckner's symphonies. The series began last night, with his Guide to Strange Places, and continues tonight and Sunday with his Violin Concerto and Doctor Atomic Symphony. The Wall Street Journal, previewing the series, calls Adams "one of America's supreme composers." Watch Adams and Cleveland Music Director Franz Welser-Möst discuss Adams's "musical DNA" in a video here.
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.