Monday, February 12, 2007

John Adams, In Words And Music 1987 And In Music 2007: Shaker Loops, The Chairman Dances From Nixon in China, Harmonielehre, The Flowering Tree

"This three hour special "Marathon Mornings" program features Charles Amirkhanian interviewing John Adams on the occasion of his fortieth birthday. Along with an in-depth interview about his compositions, collaborators, and working as composer in residence with the San Francisco Symphony under Edo de Waart, Charles and Mr. Adams do some wonderful KPFA subscription plugs.

The program features several shorter works, and full presentations of Mr. Adams' recordings with the SF Symphony of "Shaker Loops," "The Chairman Dances" from the opera Nixon in China, and "Harmonielehre.""

Morning Concert: John Adams 40th Birthday Celebration (February 19, 1987)


The so-called National Symphony Orchestra belatedly celebrates John Adams's 40th Birthday (and his 60th Birthday) with this week's performances of "Harmonielehre".

Richard Freed's expert program note to the work.

Students are eligible to Attend! the performance of Adams's "Harmonielehre", coupled with Brahms's powerful Double Concerto and Debussy's impressionistic Prelude to an Afternoon of a Faun, for only $10!
(This Thursday and Friday only.)


San Francisco Symphony unveils on March 1, 2, and 3, 2007, a
semi-staged production of John Adams's and Peter Sellers's new work, "A Flowering Tree", with libretto by
John Adams and Peter Sellars adapted from the ancient Indian folktale and poetry in translations by Attipat Krishnaswami Ramanujan. "A Flowering Tree" was commissioned by New Crowned Hope (Vienna), San Francisco Symphony, Barbican Centre (London), Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York), and Berliner Philharmoniker.

The San Francisco semi-staged performances are made possible by The Bernard and Barbro Osher Staged Production Fund.

A flowering tree.

Photo credit: With thanks.


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