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  • John Adams: Nixon in China [cover]

    John Adams's "Nixon in China," Directed by Peter Sellars, to Make Met Premiere in 2010-11 Season; Composer to Conduct

    The Metropolitan Opera has announced its 2010-11 season, which features the Met premiere of John Adams's Nixon in China. The composer makes his Met debut on the podium conducting the Met premiere of the opera. It also marks the Met directorial of Peter Sellars, who led the 1987 world premiere of Nixon in China at the Houston Grand Opera. James Maddalena returns as Nixon, the role he originated and sang on the Nonesuch recording.

  • John Adams 2009 color w/scores

    John Adams, Brad Mehldau to Be Featured in LA Philharmonic's 2010-11 Season

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic has announced its 2010-2011 concert season. John Adams, the orchestra's creative chair, will oversee its famed Green Umbrella new-music series, with music by Michael Gordon, George Crumb, and others, concluding with a concert led by Adams. His Slonimsky's Earbox will be featured on the LA Phil's European tour. Brad Mehldau will perform Highway Rider at Disney Hall with musicians from the album, including Joshua Redman.

  • John Adams profile

    John Adams, Focus of Barbican Series, to Lead LSO in UK Premieres of "Doctor Atomic Symphony" and "City Noir"

    The Barbican's John Adams Focus series begins with a New York Philharmonic performance of The Wound-Dresser on Thursday. In the coming months, Adams leads the LSO in the UK premiere of Doctor Atomic Symphony and City Noir; the St. Lawrence String Quartet performs his String Quartet; and a new production of I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky opens. The Toronto Symphony's 2010-11 season also includes an Adams-focused festival with Adams leading the Canadian premiere of City Noir. His Nixon in China will be performed in Vancouver and Los Angeles this March.

  • John Adams profile

    The Decade Belongs to John Adams, Says Washington Post's Anne Midgette

    Anne Midgette, the classical music critic for the Washington Post, has already named Alarm Will Sound's a/rhythmia among the year's best albums, and, for WNYC's Soundcheck, included John Adams's Dharma at Big Sur among the decade's best. Now, on her Post blog, she says of Adams, "if there was a composer to whom the decade belonged, I'd say it was him." Audiophile Audition gives his latest, Doctor Atomic Symphony, four stars.

  • 2009 Best of NY Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe

    NY Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, MTV: Nonesuch Albums Among the Year's Best

    Two New York Times music critics have Nonesuch albums on their Top Ten lists: Rokia Traoré's Tchamantché and Oumou Sangare's Seya. The Washington Post has Alarm Will Sound's a/rhythmia in its Top Ten classical albums; the Denver Post has Richard Goode and John Adams. Two Boston Globe critics have Wilco (the album) on their lists, while others there add BlakRoc and Seya. MTV includes Wilco plus Amadou & Mariam's Welcome to Mali. PopMatters and American Songwriter cite Wilco as well, while the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle lists Allen Toussaint's The Bright Mississippi.

  • 2009 Boston Herald Best

    Boston Herald: John Adams, Alarm Will Sound, Gidon Kremer, Kronos Quartet Albums Among Year's Best

    The Boston Herald's list of the Top Ten classical albums of the year is out, and four of the ten are from Nonesuch: Kronos Quartet's Floodplain, John Adams's Doctor Atomic Symphony, Alarm Will Sound's a/rhythmia, and Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica's recording of Mozart's Complete Violin Concertos. The Herald had named The Low Anthem's Oh My God, Charlie Darwin and Wilco's Wilco (the album) among the year's best in pop/rock.

  • John Adams, "El Niño" [cover]

    NY Times: John Adams Draws "Passionate Performance" of His Nativity Oratorio, "El Niño," at Carnegie Hall

    John Adams led the Orchestra of St. Luke's in a performance of El Niño at Carnegie Hall Sunday. The New York Times finds Adams's Nativity Oratorio to be "best suited to the business of telling the Nativity story" of the works typically heard during Advent and credits the conductor with drawing "a solid, passionate performance from the orchestra." Playbill spoke with Adams and New York City Ballet's Peter Martins about Martins's new piece set to Naive and Sentimental Music, which recently premiered at Lincoln Center.

  • John Adams: "The Dharma at Big Sur" [cover]

    LA Times: John Adams Leads LA Phil in "Ecstatic" "Dharma at Big Sur" at Disney Hall

    The LA Phil's West Coast, Left Coast festival concludes tonight, after more than two weeks of performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, with a celebration of the Beat poets featuring Joshua Redman, among others. The Los Angeles Times praised Kronos's "enthusiastic" Friday performance and the LA Phil's Sunday performance of Adams's "ecstatic" Dharma at Big Sur, led by the composer, in which Leila Josefowicz "played brilliantly ... rising to heights of rapture."

  • Grammy Award

    Allen Toussaint, Wilco, Shawn Colvin, Amadou & Mariam, Oumou Sangare All Nominated for Grammys

    The nominations are in for the 52nd Grammy Awards and include five Nonesuch artists: Allen Toussaint for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, The Bright Mississippi; Wilco for Best Americana Album, Wilco (the album); Shawn Colvin for Best Contemporary Folk Album, Live; and, for Best Contemporary World Music Album, both Amadou & Mariam (Welcome to Mali) and Oumou Sangare (Seya). Steven Epstein was nominated as Producer of the Year, Classical, for work including John Adams's Doctor Atomic Symphony.

  • John Adams, Kronos Quartet

    John Adams, Kronos Quartet Premiere New Work by Thomas Newman with LA Phil at Disney Concert Hall

    John Adams and Kronos Quartet return to Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles tonight for another concert in West Coast, Left Coast, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's music festival curated by Adams. Tonight, they'll join the LA Phil for the world premiere of Thomas Newman's new piece, It Got Dark. An encore performance will be given at the Hall tomorrow night.