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.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Nonesuch to Release John Adams’s "Son of Chamber Symphony / String Quartet" on May 31; Pre-Order Now
Nonesuch releases John Adams’s Son of Chamber Symphony / String Quartet on May 31, 2011. Son of Chamber Symphony (2007) is performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), led by the composer, and Adams’s String Quartet (2008) is performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the ensemble for which the piece was written. This is the first recording of both works. The album is now available for pre-order in the Nonesuch Store.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
John Adams's music will be front and center at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's New Creations Festival, which kicks off tonight with a performance of his Harmonielehre and Short Ride in a Fast Machine. The composer makes his TSO debut when he conducts the orchestra in the Canadian premiere of his City Noir on Saturday. Today at noon, Adams hosts a free concert featuring selections from his operas. On Thursday, he gives a free lecture at the University of Toronto.
Friday, February 11, 2011
The Metropolitan Opera's premiere production of John Adams's opera Nixon in China continues on Saturday afternoon, with the composer at the podium. Audiences both in and far outside of New York City will be able to watch the performance live in high-definition at their local movie theaters as part of the Met's Live in HD series, beginning at 1 PM ET. The newly reissued, Grammy-winning original cast recording of Nixon in China is available now from Nonesuch.
Monday, February 7, 2011
John Adams Oratorio to Receive World Premiere in LA Phil 2011-12 Season; Adams to Remain Creative Chair Till 2014
John Adams, whose 1987 opera Nixon in China continues to delight in the Metropolitan Opera premiere production, will unveil a new work with the world premiere of his oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary by the LA Phil in May 2012. The LA Phil's 2011-12 season will include performances of other works by Adams, Steve Reich, and Louis Andriessen, plus a concert by Kronos Quartet and Bill Frisell. Adams will remain as Creative Chair into 2014.