Orchestras salute John Adams in 2016-17

Posted on: September 20, 2016

Composer John Adams will turn 70 on February 15, 2017, and many orchestras in the U.S. and abroad are programming his works. In August, Marin Alsop led the premiere at California’s Cabrillo Festival of Adams’s Lola Montez Does the Spider Dance, an excerpt from his forthcoming opera Girls of the Golden West being premiered by San Francisco Opera in 2017. In September and October, Adams will conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in premieres of works by five other composers, and Gustavo Dudamel will lead Adams’s Absolute Jest. During his birthday week in February, the San Francisco Symphony will perform Adams’s oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary and Scheherazade.2 Violin Concerto, the latter with soloist Leila Josefowicz. The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will perform The Gospel According to the Other Mary at Carnegie Hall in March, and in September Nonesuch Records is releasing the SLSO’s recording of Adams’s Scheherazade.2 Violin Concerto with Leila Josefowicz, led by Music Director David Robertson. In Europe, Adams has a residency this season with the Berlin Philharmonic and is composer-in-association with the Orchestre National de Lyon; other institutions saluting Adams include the Philharmonie de Paris, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Barbican in London.

Posted September 20, 2016