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John Luther Adams' Crossing Open Ground
Apr 27 2024
Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center
New York, USA

Juilliard x Lincoln Center Present the New York Premiere of John Luther Adams’ Crossing Open Ground

Composed by John Luther Adams
Directed and choreographed by Pam Tanowitz
Music directed by Nadia Sirota and Douglas Perkins

On Saturday April 27, in celebration of Earth Month, Juilliard and Lincoln Center present Crossing Open Ground, an outdoor work by John Luther Adams for winds, brass, and percussion. The piece, written for multiples of 40 musicians, will be performed across Lincoln Center’s 16-acre campus by an acoustic ensemble of Juilliard student and alumni musicians and dancers.

The event will be directed and choreographed by Pam Tanowitz and coached and co-music directed by Juilliard chamber music faculty member and Creative Associate at Large Nadia Sirota as well as Adams’ longtime collaborator percussionist Douglas Perkins.

Adams hopes his music will invite people to “slow down, pay attention, and remember our place within the larger community of life on earth.” Crossing Open Ground is a celebration of nature, life, and art as well as an opportunity to be present and engage with our surroundings.

In addition to Crossing Open Ground, Juilliard celebrates Earth Month throughout April with concerts, sponsored ecosystem restorations, and a new expansion of Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK Central Park that includes Lincoln Center and is presented by Juilliard.

Juilliard’s creative enterprise programming, including the Creative Associates program, is generously supported by Jody and John Arnhold and the Arnhold Foundation.

Crossing Open Ground was co-commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Barry Lopez Foundation for Art & Environment.


Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, 10023


John Luther Adams inspires us not only to listen more attentively, but to be more aware of the world in which we live. This … book … should not only be on the shelves of everyone interested in the music of our time but also anyone interested in being alive. -
Frank J. Oteri
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