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Princeton, NJ - Become River
2024/05/12

Lauded for her “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times) and “thoughtful artistry in the full service of music” (Washington Post), Sara Davis Buechner takes on Ludwig Van Beethoven's first piano concerto. John Luther Adams' Become River explores a river's progress, and Robert Schumann's restlessly romantic fourth symphony departs from classical form with a single movement.

"A formidable soloist, bringing depth, eloquence, and gleeful technical assurance." – San Francisco Chronicle

Due to the length and type of performance, this concert is not suitable for children under the age of 5.
 

PROGRAM

John Luther ADAMS / Become River
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN / Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
Robert SCHUMANN / Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120 

Key Notes Musical notes

  • John Luther Adams won a Pulitzer prize for his large-scale 2014 work Become OceanBecome River is another of the works in his "Become" trilogy, along with Become Desert. Each work explores aspects of nature.
  • Beethoven wrote his Piano Concerto No. 1 after his second concerto, but published it first owing to his preference for it. 
  • Schumann took over ten years to publish his fourth symphony, doing so after significant revision. The original 1841 version still exists, but it is the more mature 1851 version that we know today.

PERFORMERS

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Sara Davis Buechner, piano

Princeton, NJ - Become River
2024/05/11

Lauded for her “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times) and “thoughtful artistry in the full service of music” (Washington Post), Sara Davis Buechner takes on Ludwig Van Beethoven's first piano concerto. John Luther Adams' Become River explores a river's progress, and Robert Schumann's restlessly romantic fourth symphony departs from classical form with a single movement.

"A formidable soloist, bringing depth, eloquence, and gleeful technical assurance." – San Francisco Chronicle

Due to the length and type of performance, this concert is not suitable for children under the age of 5.
 

PROGRAM

John Luther ADAMS / Become River
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN / Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
Robert SCHUMANN / Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120 

Key Notes Musical notes

  • John Luther Adams won a Pulitzer prize for his large-scale 2014 work Become OceanBecome River is another of the works in his "Become" trilogy, along with Become Desert. Each work explores aspects of nature.
  • Beethoven wrote his Piano Concerto No. 1 after his second concerto, but published it first owing to his preference for it. 
  • Schumann took over ten years to publish his fourth symphony, doing so after significant revision. The original 1841 version still exists, but it is the more mature 1851 version that we know today.

PERFORMERS

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Sara Davis Buechner, piano

Glasgow, Scotland - Drums of Winter from Earth and the Great Weather: Colin Currie with RCS Percussion
2024/05/09

Colin Currie returns this term to lead a performance of a thrilling programme of new works and contemporary pieces.

 

Joan Tower
DNA for Five Percussionists

Peter Hughes
New Work

Jennifer Higdon
Splendid Wood for Six Marimba players

Andrew Keddie
New Work

John Luther Adams
Drums of Winter from Earth and the Great Weather

Nico Muhly
Double Standard Concerto for Two percussionists and Ensemble

Michael Torke
Music on the Floor

Lisbon, Portugal - Ecological Listening
2024/05/05

A lecture-concert dedicated to the music of John Luther Adams, at its intersection between landscape and sound, ecology and art. The lecture is given by Martim Sousa Tavares using video and sound projection. The concert is with Leipzig-based pianist Mrika Sefa.

Foco Maestro is the São Luiz Theater project, which every year invites a conductor to define moments in the program. In 2024, Martim Sousa Tavares is given carte blanche, who presents five different proposals between February and December.

DIRECTION Martim Sousa Tavares 
MRIKA SEFA, piano

 
Brooklyn, NY - BANG ON A CAN remembers ROBERT BLACK
2024/05/05

No-one on the planet could make the double bass sing, dance, sound like a drum, spin like a top, like Robert Black.  And no one dedicated his life to the new with so much invention, musicality and passion.  

It would be hard to imagine a more meaningful tribute to our dear friend Robert Black than to hear six bass players, all closely associated with him, recreate the music on Robert's last solo album, the GRAMMY-nominated Darkness and Scattered Light, with music composed by his friend and longtime collaborator John Luther Adams.

In the midst of Long Play, join us at BRIC12pm (noon) on Sunday, May 5, for an extra special celebration of Robert Black.  Bang on a Can superfriend Gregg August leads a group of 6 bassists including Tristan Kasten-KrauseJohn-Paul NorpothEleonore OppenheimEvan Runyon and Will Yager in a FREE and open to the public performance of the complete album - three darkly beautiful, mesmerizing, virtuosic pieces for double bass (two solos and a bass quintet), which Robert recorded just before he left us.

Come share Robert Black's inspirational musical legacy - with us, with our community, and with some of the bassists who worked with him, who learned from him, and who knew him best. 

Lisbon, Portugal - Ecological Listening
2024/05/04

A lecture-concert dedicated to the music of John Luther Adams, at its intersection between landscape and sound, ecology and art. The lecture is given by Martim Sousa Tavares using video and sound projection. The concert is with Leipzig-based pianist Mrika Sefa.

Foco Maestro is the São Luiz Theater project, which every year invites a conductor to define moments in the program. In 2024, Martim Sousa Tavares is given carte blanche, who presents five different proposals between February and December.

DIRECTION Martim Sousa Tavares 
MRIKA SEFA, piano

 
Healesville , VIC - Three Nocturnes for Solo Double Bass: Nos. 1 and 2
2024/05/04

EVENING CONCERT

90 minutes, with interval.

Brahms Violin Concerto
Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Timo-Veikko Valve Cello
Maxime Bibeau Double Bass
Australian Chamber Orchestra


TOM COULT Prelude (after Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe) Australian Premiere
ARVO PÄRT Für Lennart in memoriam
FRANZ SCHUBERT (arr. Dobrinka Tabakova) Arpeggione Sonata in A minor
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS Three Nocturnes for Solo Double Bass: Nos. 1 and 2 Australian Premiere
JOHANNES BRAHMS (arr. strings) Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77

London, UK - In Focus: The Climate Agenda
2024/05/04

Programme

Overview

Student musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music delve into the connection between music and climate change through chamber works by various composers. Experience powerful activism, breath-taking landscapes, and poignant reflections on our planet's fragility.

Bern, Switzerland - Canticles of the Sky: Bern Chamber Orchestra
2024/05/03

John Luther Adams
(*1953)

Canticles of the Sky

Igor Stravinsky
(1882–1971)

Eight Instrumental Miniatures

Silvestre Revueltas
(1899–1940)

Ocho por Radio, R. 34

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770–1827)

Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92

In the second project of the season, the Bernese percussionist Julian Sartorius (winner of the Canton of Bern Music Prize, among others) and the Bern-based conductor Droujelub Yanakiew, together with Svetlana Maraš (Professor of the Electronic Studio at the University of Music FHNW, Basel), create a 90-minute overall experience in a way that has never been heard before Composition. Originally planned as a project with Fredy Studer (1948–2022) and Julian Sartorius in 2022, it had to be redesigned due to the unexpected death of Fredy Studer.

The evening's basis is Beethoven's 7th Symphony with its rhythmic elements. This is complemented by other works and improvised and composed music by Julian Sartorius and Svetlana Maraš. Recordings by Fredy Studer round off the concept.

Freiburg, Germany - Drum Spectacle: Inuksuit
2024/04/28

Contributors

Students from the Freiburg, Basel and Bern academies of music
Steven Schick, University of California, San Diego → Artistic direction

program

John Luther Adams → “Inuksuit” for 9 to 99 drummers

The piece “Inuksuit” by John Luther Adams is designed to be performed outdoors. Between 9 and 99 drummers explore the sound of a place including its noises, such as wind, water, birds or people. The musicians move as they play, and the audience can move with them or stay in one place to listen to the whole thing. At the premiere in 2009, the audience consisted of just six intrepid people in the pouring rain in the Canadian Rockies. But today, after 15 years and hundreds of performances on five continents, the piece has become an anthem: for people who want to live in greater harmony with nature. For musicians who believe that music can also take place far away from concert stages. And for an audience that finds beauty in the little sounds of everyday life. More than 20 students from the Freiburg, Basel and Bern music academies will play on the grounds of the Freiburg University of Music.

The New York Times called "Inuksuit" "the ultimate environmental piece," while The New Yorker's Alex Ross hailed it as "one of the most exhilarating experiences of my listening life."

admission free
New York, New York - John Luther Adams' Crossing Open Ground
2024/04/27

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.

New York, New York - John Luther Adams' Crossing Open Ground
2024/04/27

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.

New York, NY - Riverside Choral Society - Night Peace
2024/04/25

The New York premiere of Scott Ordway’s critically acclaimed The End of Rain. A deeply personal response to the California wildfires of the last five years, Ordway’s symphony takes us on a multimedia journey, blending photography with choral music and a text crowdsourced from the people closest to the heart of this environmental maelstrom.

With its ultimate message of hope and renewal, it is the centerpiece of this Earth Month concert which also includes Alberto Grau’s Kasar Mie La Gaji (“The Earth is Tired”) and an encore performance of John Luther Adams’s hushed and haunting “Night Peace.”

Wien, Austria - Become Ocean: Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
2024/04/21

PROGRAMME

Šenk, Nina    Flux
Xenakis, Iannis (1922-2001)    Terretektorh
Adams, John Luther (b. 1953)    Become Ocean

PERFORMERS

Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop    Conductor

Santa Monica, CA - Soundwaves - Darkness and Scattered Light
2024/04/06

April 6 spotlights pieces from recent releases on the Venice-based postminimalist Cold Blue Music record label, including John Luther Adams’ “Darkness and Scattered Light” for five basses.

 

Soundwaves was created by librarian/musician Jeff Schwartz and composer Daniel Rothman in 2016 to present cutting-edge music at the Santa Monica Public Library. It has received grants from the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library and the Amphion Foundation, and programs have included collaborations with the Angel City Jazz Festival, Piano Spheres, Jacaranda Music, Microfest, Cold Blue Music, and the Dog Star Orchestra. A complete list of shows, with many videos, is at soundwavesnewmusic.com.

Over the course of almost 100 events, Soundwaves has demonstrated three ideas: that Los Angeles has been crucial to multiple experimental musical communities, from refugee Modernist composers to free jazz to punk rock and beyond, that very challenging work can be successfully presented to a general audience, and that libraries and other public spaces can partially substitute for grassroots venues and other arts resources lost to gentrification.

All Library programs are free and open to the public. Parking is available underneath the Main Library, several bus lines and the Metro E line stop nearby, and there are bike racks. The MLK Auditorium is wheelchair accessible. Please call (310) 458-8600 to request additional accommodations.

Berlin, Germany - Four Thousand Holes
2024/04/04

„...onde serene..."

Programm:

Orlando Jacinto García (*1954) - September 2007 (Remembering Morty) (2007) - für Klavier und Schlagzeug (ca. 15 Minuten)

Luigi Nono (1924-1990) - ...sofferte onde serene... (1976) - für Klavier und Tonband (ca. 14 Minuten)

Pause

John Luther Adams (*1953) - Four Thousand Holes (2011) - für Klavier, Schlagzeug und elektronische Aura (ca. 33 Minuten)

Ensemble Berlin PianoPercussion

  • Ya-ou Xie: Klavier und musikalische Leitung
  • Sawami Kiyoshi: Klavier
  • Simone Beneventi: Schlagzeug
  • Sascha Dragicevic: Künstlerische Leitung und Klangregie
La Jolla, CA - In Memory of Robert Black
2024/03/08

UC San Diego Bass Ensemble Concert
Directed by Mark Dresser

The influential and beloved new music bassist Robert Black (1956-2023)
A Founding Member of Bang On A Can All-Stars
Champion of new solo works composed for the double bass

Works by

John Luther Adams
Robert Carl
J.S. Bach
Giacinto Scelsi
Aphex Twin


UC San Diego Bass Ensemble  
Mark Dresser, Matthew Henson, Andrew Crapitto, Angelica Pruitt, Luke Holley

https://music-cms.ucsd.edu/concerts/live.html - livestream

Utrecht, Netherlands - New European Ensemble
2024/02/28

Moore Days and Nature
John Luther Adams There is no one not even the wind
Moore new work
SoundAttribution  Ilya Shay

The New European Ensemble will return again, this time with Prof. Dr. Detlef van Vuuren to take a closer look at our ecological footprint. Humanity literally 'consumes' the earth and our impact can be seen in what is left behind. The work of John Luther Adams explores the loneliness in the Mexican desert and Kate Moore investigates and expresses sea level rise.

Two works by Kate Moore will be performed: the penetrating ' Days and Nature' from 2019 and a brand new work. In ' There is no one, not even the wind' by John Adams, music itself has become a world. During all this, Climate Professor Detlef van Vuuren will outline the scientific context in a lecture. The New European Ensemble is sounding the alarm in a beautiful way. 

Strasbourg, France - Songbirdsongs
2024/02/21

As part of the Conservatory Festival. What do birds convey through their song? The musicians and visual artists from the Haute école des arts du Rhin and the actors from the Conservatoire offer their vision of this theme through the play by John Luther Adams.
Songbirdsongs, composed in 1974 for piccolos and percussion. Project led by Sandrine Poncet, piccolo professor at the Conservatory and at HEAR-Musique as well as Denis Riedinger, Stephan Fougeroux, Olivier Achard, Marie Jo Daloz and Marie Mirgaine.

Herndon, VA - Strange Birds Passing - Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention
2024/02/18

Strange Birds Passing (1983) – John Luther Adams (b. 1953)

 Flute Suite (1987) – Salvador Brotons (1959)

Brugge, Belgium—Become ocean (Belgian Premiere)
2023/03/17

Kris Defoort, Human voices only (Belgian premiere)

Ludwig van Beethoven, Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

John Luther Adams, Become ocean (Belgian premiere)

Human voices only, written in 2014, is the first orchestral work by Belgian composer and avant-garde jazz pianist Kris Defoort. He found his inspiration for this piece in Morocco: “I was on a flat roof during Ramadan and everywhere I heard these chants, infinite melodies that consist of only a few notes but with immeasurable variations. Voices that never stop.” With many references to early-twentieth-century composers such as Debussy, Ravel, Satie and Stravinsky, Kris Defoort lets the instruments of the orchestra play through the various facets of the human voice, returning to a never-ending Arabic melody.

Four soft timpani beats open Beethoven’s only Violin Concerto. According to some, the recurring timpani motif in the first movement reflects the euphoric mood that prevailed during the French Revolution. Major upheavals were in store and anything seemed possible. The premiere of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto was only a moderate success because the score was completed much too late and the soloist had to sight-read parts during the concert. Years after Beethoven’s death, however, the Violin Concerto was resurrected by Mendelssohn and began its triumphant march through European concert halls.

The Belgian National Orchestra goes on to dive deep below the water’s surface with the composition Become ocean by John Luther Adams. The New Yorker described this work as “the most beautiful apocalypse in the history of music”. Become ocean is part of a cycle that John Luther Adams composed, based on the four elements. He believes that humanity is able to transcend the isolation and cynicism of modern society by seeking contact with something greater than itself. The piece was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2014. The performance represents a world premiere, as the music is accompanied by a film by video artist Lillevan.

Joshua Weilerstein, conductor
Josef Špaček, violin
Lillevan, video
Evanston, IL—The Music of John Luther Adams
2023/02/25
The music of Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams exploring the connection between people and nature.

If we can imagine a culture and a society in which we each feel more deeply responsible for our own place in the world, then we just may be able to bring that culture and that society into being.

- John Luther Adams

The EcoVoice Project is excited to share the music of John Luther Adams, 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winner and “reining musical ambassador for the natural world” (The New York Times). Along with opening remarks by the composer, the New Earth Ensemble will be joined by Beyond This Point to present a program featuring Adams’s choral work Night Peace, as well as chamber works for piano, harp, voice, and percussion. WFMT Music Director, Oliver Camacho will read poetry of John Haines, lifelong inspiration for Adams and librettist for his new opera Night, premiering at Lyric Opera this spring.
Baltimore, MD—Become Ocean
2023/02/05
Repertoire
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS Become Ocean
DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto

Artists
Kwamé Ryan, conductor
Pablo Ferrández, cello

The sensitive and charismatic young Spaniard Pablo Ferrández brings out all the passion and earthy folk music embedded within Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, a crown jewel of the solo repertoire. Kwamé Ryan conducts with the broad perspective of a true world citizen, from his Trinidadian and Canadian roots to his extensive training and experience in the United Kingdom and Europe. He turns his keen gaze to Become Ocean, a once-in-a-generation masterpiece of swelling waves and rapturous immersion that earned John Luther Adams a Pulitzer Prize and Grammy® Award.

Baltimore, MD—Become Ocean
2023/02/04
Repertoire
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS Become Ocean
DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto

Artists
Kwamé Ryan, conductor
Pablo Ferrández, cello

The sensitive and charismatic young Spaniard Pablo Ferrández brings out all the passion and earthy folk music embedded within Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, a crown jewel of the solo repertoire. Kwamé Ryan conducts with the broad perspective of a true world citizen, from his Trinidadian and Canadian roots to his extensive training and experience in the United Kingdom and Europe. He turns his keen gaze to Become Ocean, a once-in-a-generation masterpiece of swelling waves and rapturous immersion that earned John Luther Adams a Pulitzer Prize and Grammy® Award.

Virtual—John Luther Adams in conversation with Alex Ross
2023/02/03
Registration required

The Great Northern Festival

“Reigning musical ambassador of the natural world” (The New York Times) John Luther Adams joins The New Yorker’s music critic Alex Ross (The Rest is Noise) for a conversation on environmentalism, JLA’s illuminating memoir Silences So Deep, experiences in deep winter, and Ten Thousand Birds, to be performed by Alarm Will Sound at Minneapolis Institute of Art on the final day of the festival.

About John Luther Adams

For John Luther Adams, music is a lifelong search for home—an invitation to slow down, pay attention, and remember our place within the larger community of life on Earth.

Living for almost 40 years in northern Alaska, JLA discovered a unique musical world grounded in space, stillness, and elemental forces. In the 1970s and into the 80s, he worked full time as an environmental activist. But the time came when he felt compelled to dedicate himself entirely to music. He made this choice with the belief that, ultimately, music can do more than politics to change the world. Since that time, he has become one of the most widely admired composers in the world, receiving the Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy Award, and many other honors.

In works such as Become Ocean, In the White Silence, and Canticles of the Holy Wind, Adams brings the sense of wonder that we feel outdoors into the concert hall. And in outdoor works such as Inuksuit and Sila: The Breath of the World, he employs music as a way to reclaim our connections with place, wherever we may be.

A deep concern for the state of the earth and the future of humanity drives Adams to continue composing. As he puts it: “If we can imagine a culture and a society in which we each feel more deeply responsible for our own place in the world, then we just may be able to bring that culture and that society into being.”

Since leaving Alaska, JLA and his wife Cynthia have made their home in the deserts of Mexico, Chile, and the southwestern United States.

About Alex Ross

Alex Ross has been the music critic of The New Yorker since 1996. He is the author of the books The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, Listen to This, and Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music.
Baltimore, MD—Become Ocean
2023/02/02
Repertoire
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS Become Ocean
DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto

Artists
Kwamé Ryan, conductor
Pablo Ferrández, cello

The sensitive and charismatic young Spaniard Pablo Ferrández brings out all the passion and earthy folk music embedded within Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, a crown jewel of the solo repertoire. Kwamé Ryan conducts with the broad perspective of a true world citizen, from his Trinidadian and Canadian roots to his extensive training and experience in the United Kingdom and Europe. He turns his keen gaze to Become Ocean, a once-in-a-generation masterpiece of swelling waves and rapturous immersion that earned John Luther Adams a Pulitzer Prize and Grammy® Award.

Boston, MA—Strange Birds Passing
2022/11/10
Sometimes throwing together a meal of one’s favorite dishes is the most satisfying – nothing ties it together, each dish stands deliciously alone. This program puts together music that has been played often here at NEC bringing great reward to the musicians and enjoyment to the audience. Two French favorites – Baroque dance delights from the court of Louis the 14th (coached by Handel and Haydn’s world-renowned oboist Debra Nagy) is followed by a brass tour de force: Tomasi’s passionate and reverent Fanfares. John Luther Adams' work for massed flutes was recorded to great acclaim by NEC’s Callithumpian Consort and is coached here by NEC’s own John Heiss. Michael Tippet broke new formal and rhythmic ground with jewelry Mosaic, the first movement of his Concerto for Orchestra. New England itself claims America’s most important composer – Charles Ives. His Decoration Day is a musical collage drawn from childhood memories of Memorial Day – the civil war veterans on parade, the horse carts, the fire wagons and of course, the marches played with more passion than accuracy by the village band. This was the piece that caused Stravinsky to say “There is a great man living in this country – a composer...and his name is Ives”
-- Charles Peltz

CONDUCTORS
Charles Peltz
Jean Baptiste Lully/François-André Philidor | Musique pour les douze oboi
Henri Tomasi | Fanfares liturgiques
Annonciation
Evangile
Apocalypse (Scherzo)
Procession du Vendredi-saint

John Luther Adams | Strange Birds Passing
Michael Tippett | Mosaics (from Concerto for Orchestra)
Charles Ives (transcr. James Sinclair) | Decoration Day, from "Holidays" Symphony, and Charlie Rutlage
Boston, MA—Liz Gerring Dance Company with the JACK Quartet: Harbor
2022/10/22
The New York-based Liz Gerring Dance Company debuts “Harbor,” a world premiere evening-length performance artfully combining movement, live music, and poetic illumination. Featuring a newly commissioned string quartet by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams, Gerring’s dancers are joined live onstage by the intrepid JACK Quartet.

In Harbor, Gerring’s choreographic style–muscular athleticism combined with elegant formalism–mirrors the possibilities of the string quartet: ensemble, solos, duets, trios, with the performers’ personalities as individual as the instrumental voices. The choreography embodies the tensions and harmonies of John Luther Adam’s galvanic music. Legendary designer Jennifer Tipton’s lighting adds dramatic tension and shadow, offering light as décor, architecture, and guide. The three layered narratives—sonic, luminous, and choreographic—create a singular new work not to be missed.


Harbor was developed at Summer Stages Dance @ The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston at two residencies in 2020 and 2022. Harbor’s score, Waves & Particles, by John Luther Adams for JACK Quartet, was commissioned by Summer Stages Dance @ ICA/Boston, Liz Gerring Dance, and the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. The work of lighting designer Jennifer Tipton is supported by Summer Stages Dance @ ICA/Boston.
Ithaca, NY—Inuksuit
2022/10/22
Fun Outdoor Music Event for the Whole Family!

Date: Saturday Oct. 22, 2:00pm, rain date Sunday Oct. 23, 2:00pm

Location: IC Quad (between fountain and Campus Center)

Cost: FREE!

Duration: About an hour, and you can come and go as you please

Come join the Ithaca College Percussion Ensemble in an engaging, theatrical, nature-inspired performance that will take place outside, on IC’s beautiful campus! You can bring people of all ages and can stay for the full piece (will roughly last 75 minutes) or just catch an excerpt. Audience members can walk around the space, and experience the music up close.

The composition being performed is Pulitzer-prize-winning composer John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit, based on Inuit rock sculptures, and will feature the full 20-person IC Percussion Ensemble playing drums, cymbals, gongs, shakers, sheets of metal, conch shell trumpets, sirens, glockenspiels and much more. It will be an event like you’ve never experienced before (unless you’ve seen this piece before!).

Parts of this piece may get loud, so you are welcome to bring earplugs. There will also be a few hand-cranked sirens during the piece, for about 15 minutes. Don’t worry, it’s not an emergency, it’s part of the piece!

Hope to see you there!

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Erik Kibelsbeck at ekibelsbeck@ithaca.edu or 607-274-3717. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.
Boston, MA—Liz Gerring Dance Company with the JACK Quartet: Harbor
2022/10/21
The New York-based Liz Gerring Dance Company debuts “Harbor,” a world premiere evening-length performance artfully combining movement, live music, and poetic illumination. Featuring a newly commissioned string quartet by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams, Gerring’s dancers are joined live onstage by the intrepid JACK Quartet.

In Harbor, Gerring’s choreographic style–muscular athleticism combined with elegant formalism–mirrors the possibilities of the string quartet: ensemble, solos, duets, trios, with the performers’ personalities as individual as the instrumental voices. The choreography embodies the tensions and harmonies of John Luther Adam’s galvanic music. Legendary designer Jennifer Tipton’s lighting adds dramatic tension and shadow, offering light as décor, architecture, and guide. The three layered narratives—sonic, luminous, and choreographic—create a singular new work not to be missed.


Harbor was developed at Summer Stages Dance @ The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston at two residencies in 2020 and 2022. Harbor’s score, Waves & Particles, by John Luther Adams for JACK Quartet, was commissioned by Summer Stages Dance @ ICA/Boston, Liz Gerring Dance, and the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. The work of lighting designer Jennifer Tipton is supported by Summer Stages Dance @ ICA/Boston.
Chester, VA—String Quartet Selections
2022/10/21
Each of the following events will feature the same program by John Luther Adams. The program will last about 45 minutes and will include:

Sky with Four Suns, from Canticles of the Sky
Maclaren Summit, from The Wind in High Places
Dream of the Canyon Wren
Rising, from untouched
Sky with Nameless Colors, from Canticles of the Sky

Mark your calendars--we hope you'll come to more than one event!

Friday, October 7 @7pm
Opening Night at Artspace
2833-A Hathaway Rd., Richmond
$15
Doors open at 6:30
Get tickets
Concert Sponsor: Michael and Nancy Lott

Tuesday, October 11 @7:30pm
BYOB House Show at Minimum Wage
806 Albemarle St., Richmond
Free admission; registration required
Doors open at 7
Register
Concert Sponsor: Matt Edwards

Friday, October 14 @7pm
Reveille United Methodist Church
4200 Cary Street Rd., Richmond
Free admission; donations encouraged
Doors open at 6:30
Concert Sponsor: Reveille United Methodist Church

Saturday, October 15 @2pm
Pop-up Concert
Location will be announced a week before the event!
Free and open to the public
Concert Sponsor: Kerry Mills and Pippin Barnett

Friday, October 21 @7:30pm
Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education
11810 Centre Street, Chester
$10-20
Get tickets
Concert Sponsor: Gabriella Ryan
Richmond, VA—String Quartet Selections
2022/10/15
Each of the following events will feature the same program by John Luther Adams. The program will last about 45 minutes and will include:

Sky with Four Suns, from Canticles of the Sky
Maclaren Summit, from The Wind in High Places
Dream of the Canyon Wren
Rising, from untouched
Sky with Nameless Colors, from Canticles of the Sky

Mark your calendars--we hope you'll come to more than one event!

Friday, October 7 @7pm
Opening Night at Artspace
2833-A Hathaway Rd., Richmond
$15
Doors open at 6:30
Get tickets
Concert Sponsor: Michael and Nancy Lott

Tuesday, October 11 @7:30pm
BYOB House Show at Minimum Wage
806 Albemarle St., Richmond
Free admission; registration required
Doors open at 7
Register
Concert Sponsor: Matt Edwards

Friday, October 14 @7pm
Reveille United Methodist Church
4200 Cary Street Rd., Richmond
Free admission; donations encouraged
Doors open at 6:30
Concert Sponsor: Reveille United Methodist Church

Saturday, October 15 @2pm
Pop-up Concert
Location will be announced a week before the event!
Free and open to the public
Concert Sponsor: Kerry Mills and Pippin Barnett

Friday, October 21 @7:30pm
Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education
11810 Centre Street, Chester
$10-20
Get tickets
Concert Sponsor: Gabriella Ryan
Richmond, VA—String Quartet Selections
2022/10/14
Each of the following events will feature the same program by John Luther Adams. The program will last about 45 minutes and will include:

Sky with Four Suns, from Canticles of the Sky
Maclaren Summit, from The Wind in High Places
Dream of the Canyon Wren
Rising, from untouched
Sky with Nameless Colors, from Canticles of the Sky

Mark your calendars--we hope you'll come to more than one event!

Friday, October 7 @7pm
Opening Night at Artspace
2833-A Hathaway Rd., Richmond
$15
Doors open at 6:30
Get tickets
Concert Sponsor: Michael and Nancy Lott

Tuesday, October 11 @7:30pm
BYOB House Show at Minimum Wage
806 Albemarle St., Richmond
Free admission; registration required
Doors open at 7
Register
Concert Sponsor: Matt Edwards

Friday, October 14 @7pm
Reveille United Methodist Church
4200 Cary Street Rd., Richmond
Free admission; donations encouraged
Doors open at 6:30
Concert Sponsor: Reveille United Methodist Church

Saturday, October 15 @2pm
Pop-up Concert
Location will be announced a week before the event!
Free and open to the public
Concert Sponsor: Kerry Mills and Pippin Barnett

Friday, October 21 @7:30pm
Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education
11810 Centre Street, Chester
$10-20
Get tickets
Concert Sponsor: Gabriella Ryan
Richmond, VA—String Quartet Selections
2022/10/11
Each of the following events will feature the same program by John Luther Adams. The program will last about 45 minutes and will include:

Sky with Four Suns, from Canticles of the Sky
Maclaren Summit, from The Wind in High Places
Dream of the Canyon Wren
Rising, from untouched
Sky with Nameless Colors, from Canticles of the Sky

Mark your calendars--we hope you'll come to more than one event!

Friday, October 7 @7pm
Opening Night at Artspace
2833-A Hathaway Rd., Richmond
$15
Doors open at 6:30
Get tickets
Concert Sponsor: Michael and Nancy Lott

Tuesday, October 11 @7:30pm
BYOB House Show at Minimum Wage
806 Albemarle St., Richmond
Free admission; registration required
Doors open at 7
Register
Concert Sponsor: Matt Edwards

Friday, October 14 @7pm
Reveille United Methodist Church
4200 Cary Street Rd., Richmond
Free admission; donations encouraged
Doors open at 6:30
Concert Sponsor: Reveille United Methodist Church

Saturday, October 15 @2pm
Pop-up Concert
Location will be announced a week before the event!
Free and open to the public
Concert Sponsor: Kerry Mills and Pippin Barnett

Friday, October 21 @7:30pm
Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education
11810 Centre Street, Chester
$10-20
Get tickets
Concert Sponsor: Gabriella Ryan
Richmond, VA—String Quartet Selections
2022/10/07
Each of the following events will feature the same program by John Luther Adams. The program will last about 45 minutes and will include:

Sky with Four Suns, from Canticles of the Sky
Maclaren Summit, from The Wind in High Places
Dream of the Canyon Wren
Rising, from untouched
Sky with Nameless Colors, from Canticles of the Sky

Mark your calendars--we hope you'll come to more than one event!

Friday, October 7 @7pm
Opening Night at Artspace
2833-A Hathaway Rd., Richmond
$15
Doors open at 6:30
Get tickets
Concert Sponsor: Michael and Nancy Lott

Tuesday, October 11 @7:30pm
BYOB House Show at Minimum Wage
806 Albemarle St., Richmond
Free admission; registration required
Doors open at 7
Register
Concert Sponsor: Matt Edwards

Friday, October 14 @7pm
Reveille United Methodist Church
4200 Cary Street Rd., Richmond
Free admission; donations encouraged
Doors open at 6:30
Concert Sponsor: Reveille United Methodist Church

Saturday, October 15 @2pm
Pop-up Concert
Location will be announced a week before the event!
Free and open to the public
Concert Sponsor: Kerry Mills and Pippin Barnett

Friday, October 21 @7:30pm
Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education
11810 Centre Street, Chester
$10-20
Get tickets
Concert Sponsor: Gabriella Ryan
2022/10/01
PROGRAM

John Luther Adams
Ten Thousand Birds
Alarm will sound

Carol Robinson
La lumière, les arbres et l'eau
Quatuor Impact
Carol Robinson, birbynė

This evening is an invitation to take in John Luther Adams’ stunning Ten Thousand Birds performed by the ensemble Alarm Will Sound, along with pieces by Carol Robinson (including one premiere) played by the composer herself and the IMPACT Quartet.
Cardiff, Wales—Inuksuit
2022/09/28
Inuksuit
(70′ approx.)



We bring John Luther Adams’ concert-length work for massed percussion ensemble to the green jewel in Cardiff’s crown; Bute Park.



This is a free event suitable for all ages and for the whole community, and audience members are encouraged to wander, picnic and marvel at each varied and unique sound world discovered from every angle of this beautiful setting.



Register through the above link for a free e-ticket and have a look at the below map to find out where the action takes place or download here:
Inuksuit Site Map for Public
Cardiff, Wales—Nunataks
2022/09/25
THE CARDUCCI QUARTET WITH ROBIN GREEN (PIANO)

Programme



John Luther Adams
Nunataks
9’



Philip Glass
String Quartet No. 2 “Company”
9’



György Kurtág
Selection from Játékok
10’



Huw Watkins
Piano Quintet
20’



There will be no interval at this performance.
Ottawa, Canada—Become Ocean
2022/09/24
OUTI TARKIAINEN Songs of the Ice
ANNA CLYNE Restless Oceans
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS Become Ocean

We honour the voice of Mother Nature with music dedicated to the critical ecological milestones our planet faces, including two works from ground-breaking female composers Anna Clyne and Outi Tarkiainen.

British composer Anna Clyne wrote Restless Oceans for Marin Alsop and the all-women Taki Concordia Orchestra for performance at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2019. In addition to playing their instruments, the musicians are called upon to use their voices in song and strong vocalizations, and their feet to stomp and bring them to stand united at the end. “My intention was to write a defiant piece that embraces the power of women.''

Songs of the Ice, by Finnish composer Outi Tarkiainen, evokes the slow and silent breathing of the Earth’s ice as it swells in winter and contracts in summer in an age-old rhythm that is gradually being lost. Songs of the Ice is dedicated to Iceland’s Okjökull (Ok glacier), which was declared “dead” by the Icelandic Meteorological Office in 2014, by which time the glacier had lost almost 80 percent of its mass and was no longer a living, moving glacier.

Our concert closes with John Luther Adams’s epic Become Ocean, an all-encompassing sonic seascape that engulfs us in “roiling waves of sound, curling up and out…not so much ebbing as subsuming everything else” (npr.org). Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music, Become Ocean is written for three orchestras, each of which moves on its own sonic journey before meeting as one in crucial moments. If the ocean of our planet has a song, then Become Ocean is it.

***This concert is presented as part of the NAC Orchestra’s SPHERE Festival which will take place on September 22-25, 2022
Penarth, Wales—Five Yup’ik Dances/Five Athabascan Dances
2022/09/24
DEIAN ROWLANDS (HARP) AND SARA TRICKEY (VIOLIN)

Programme

John Luther Adams
Five Yup’ik Dances
Harp, 12’



Huw Watkins
Partita
Violin, 15’



Mared Emlyn
Perlau yn y glaw (Movements 1-4)
Harp, 8’



Interval



Huw Watkins
Suite for Harp
8’



Freya Waley-Cohen
Unveil
Violin, 10’



John Luther Adams
Five Athabascan Dances
Harp & Percussion, 16’



Deian is joined by percussionist Rhydian Griffiths for Five Athanascan Dances.
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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