John Adams http://wrti.org en John Adams' Psychedelic Oratorio Gives Voice To 'The Other Mary' http://wrti.org/post/john-adams-psychedelic-oratorio-gives-voice-other-mary For the millennium, in 2000 American composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14996733/john-adams" target="_blank">John Adams</a> completed a compelling, large-scale oratorio based on the nativity story called <em>El Niño</em>. Now he's composed a companion piece, <em>The Gospel According to the Other Mary</em>, a Passion oratorio mounted with his usual collaborator, the stage director and librettist <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/04/10/150346723/bachs-st-matthew-passion-ritualized-and-riveting" target="_blank">Peter Sellars</a>. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:15:00 +0000 NPR Staff 7130 at http://wrti.org John Adams' Psychedelic Oratorio Gives Voice To 'The Other Mary' Turn Me Loose on Now Is the Time http://wrti.org/post/turn-me-loose-now-time <p>There&#39;s the unlikeliest motion on <strong>Now Is the Time, Sunday, October 6th at 10 pm</strong>. Kristjan Järvi conducts a live, rip-snortin&#39; <em>Roadrunner</em>, a movement from the Chamber Symphony of John Adams. Singer-songwriter Gillian Welch&#39;s dark-edged Americana is on beautiful display in <em>My Morphine</em>, especially in this atomized arrangement by William Anderson of the Anderson-Fader guitar duo.<br /><br />That leads nicely into the saxophone-and-piano <em>Sleep Without Dreams</em>, a lyrical work of Michael Jon Fink, and Dmitri Tymoczko&#39;s early string quartet <em>This Picture Seems to Move</em>. Andy Teirstein somehow combines into a piano trio Old West saloonery and the ecstatic mysticism of the dancing Rebbe, Baal Shem Tov, in <em>Turn Me Loose</em>.<br /><br />Finally, for solo piano, is Terry Riley&#39;s answer to Sarah Cahill&#39;s request for music about either war or peace. He was &quot;noodling around&quot; on the piano one night, and his grandchildren asked him to keep playing this one bit. He did; it became <em>Be Kind to One Another (Rag)</em>.<br /> Sun, 06 Oct 2013 21:03:56 +0000 Kile Smith 6540 at http://wrti.org Turn Me Loose on Now Is the Time 'Nixon In China': An American Opera Inches Toward Classic At 25 http://wrti.org/post/nixon-china-american-opera-inches-toward-classic-25 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoLk7VneYLY</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:00:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 4610 at http://wrti.org 'Nixon In China': An American Opera Inches Toward Classic At 25 San Francisco Opera: Adams' NIXON IN CHINA, Oct. 13th at 1 pm http://wrti.org/post/san-francisco-opera-adams-nixon-china-oct-13th-1-pm <p>John Adams' rhythmically rich re-creation of a presidential trip to Beijing has established itself as a great American opera, a work of “clarity, simplicity, shocking elegance” that “will be around for the long haul” (<em>The New York Times)</em>. A quarter-century after premiering at Houston Grand Opera under the leadership of David Gockley, this modern masterpiece made its San Francisco Opera premiere earlier this year featuring baritone Brian Mulligan. Lawrence Renes, whose conducting of Adams’ <em>Doctor Atomic</em> won praise from London critics, leads the orchestra. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 20:05:00 +0000 WRTI Staff 4557 at http://wrti.org San Francisco Opera: Adams' NIXON IN CHINA, Oct. 13th at 1 pm Canadian Violinist Angele Dubeau http://wrti.org/post/canadian-violinist-angele-dubeau <p>Jill Pasternak speaks with violinist Angele Dubeau about her newest CD release with her string ensemble La Pieta - <i>John Adams: Portrait</i> - an interpretation of works by American composer John Adams.</p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 13:42:00 +0000 Jill Pasternak 2570 at http://wrti.org Canadian Violinist Angele Dubeau