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Become Desert
Jun 08 2023
19:30 - 21:30
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center
New York, US
Cost: $53 – $187


Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

Takemitsu I hear the water dreaming

John Luther Adams Become Desert (New York Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra).

Britten’s Four Sea Interludes depicts foreboding ocean moods and a vicious storm. Takemitsu’s I hear the water dreaming, featuring Principal Flute Robert Langevin as soloist, portrays the role of water in an Australian aboriginal myth. John Luther Adams’s Become Desert dramatizes one of the many consequences of human activity on our planet. The composer regards the work as “both a celebration of the deserts we are given, and a lamentation of the deserts we create.”


David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, 10023

Phone: (212) 875-5030

His music perfectly echoes the landscape he loves: impersonal, relentless, larger than human scale, yet gorgeous, a quiet chaos of colors, suffused with light. It’s not a climate everyone could live in. But for those who want to bathe their ears in an aural aurora borealis while staying warm inside, it’s a spiritual odyssey well worth taking. - Kyle Gann
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