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John Adams (Deborah O. Grady)

John Adams

John Adams, composer, conductor, and creative thinker, occupies a unique position in the world of classical music. His works, both operatic and symphonic, stand out among contemporary classical compositions for their depth of expression, brilliance of sound, and the profoundly humanist nature of their themes. Over the past 25 years, Adams's music has played a decisive role in turning the tide of contemporary musical aesthetics away from academic modernism and toward a more expansive, expressive language, entirely characteristic of his New World surroundings.He began composing at age ten and heard his first orchestral pieces performed while still a teenager. After earning two degrees from Harvard, he moved to Northern California in 1971 and has since lived in the San Francisco Bay area.

1956
2009
artist timeline
Mozart-mania (1956)
1956
A Harvard Man (1965)
1965
Teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (1972)
1972
John Cage and Silence (1973)
1973
Shaker Loops (1978)
1978
Harmonium (1981)
1981
John Adams Meets Peter Sellars (1983)
1983
Harmonielehre (1985)
1985
Nixon In China (1987)
1987
Death of Klinghoffer (1991)
1991
Chamber Symphony (1992)
1992
John Adams on I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky (1995)
1995
Century Rolls (1997)
1997
El NiƱo (2000)
2000
On the Transmigration of Souls (2002)
2002
The Dharma at Big Sur (2003)
2003
Doctor Atomic (2005)
2005
A Flowering Tree (2006)
2006
Doctor Atomic Symphony (2007)
2007
City Noir (2009)
2009

Video and Audio

AfterWords: John Adams, conductor / Leila Josefowicz, violin

A post-concert discussion with John Adams, Leila Josefowicz, and Nigel Boon.

AfterWords: John Adams, conductor / Eric Owens, bass-baritone

A post-concert discussion with John Adams, Eric Owens, and Nigel Boon.

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