http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-to-lead-lso-in-uk-premieres-of-doctor-atomic-symphony-city-noir-at-barbican-2010-03-05March 05, 2010|0 comments
John Adams returns to the Barbican in London this weekend for John Adams Focus. He introduces a screening of the film Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic, followed by the UK premiere of Doctor Atomic Symphony, with the composer leading the London Symphony Orchestra. Next week, Adams will lead the LSO in the European premiere of City Noir, which, he writes in the Times, is "an imaginary film score, a musical study in cinematic colours and jazz-inflected energy."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist News Filmjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-to-be-featured-composer-in-san-francisco-symphony-2010-11-season-2010-03-03March 03, 2010|0 comments
The San Francisco Symphony has announced its 2010-11 season, which will feature the return of composer John Adams as a featured composer. Adams will conduct the SFS in multiple performances of El Niño starring Dawn Upshaw this December. Also part of the focus on Adams: an SFS performance of Harmonielehre, led by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, and an all-Adams chamber music concert featuring members of the orchestra.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist Newsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-nixon-in-china-directed-by-peter-sellars-to-make-met-premiere-in-2010-11-season-2010-02-23February 23, 2010|2 commentsJohn 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.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-brad-mehldau-to-be-featured-in-la-philharmonic-2010-11-season-2010-02-17February 17, 2010|0 comments
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.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist Newsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-focus-of-barbican-series-to-lead-lso-uk-premieres-doctor-atomic-symphony-city-noir-2010-01-28January 28, 2010|0 commentsJohn 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.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist Newsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/the-decade-belongs-to-john-adams-says-washington-posts-anne-midgette-2009-12-23December 23, 2009|1 comments
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.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Reviewsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/ny-times-washington-post-boston-globe-mtv-nonesuch-albums-among-the-years-best-2009-12-21December 21, 2009|0 comments
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.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/boston-herald-john-adams-alarm-will-sound-gidon-kremer-kronos-quartet-albums-among-best-2009-12-15December 15, 2009|0 comments
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.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/ny-times-john-adams-draws-passionate-performance-of-his-nativity-oratorio-at-carnegie-hall-2009-12-15December 15, 2009|0 commentsNY 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.Read more|Journal Topics:Reviewsjohn adamshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/la-times-john-adams-leads-la-phil-in-ecstatic-dharma-at-big-sur-at-disney-hall-2009-12-08December 08, 2009|0 comments
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."