Happy Birthday, Johnny!
It is our favorite yard worker’s birthday today, so I hope you’re all celebrating accordingly, i.e. listening to all his works on repeat, or, more preferably, doing a one-person production of I Was Looking at the Ceiling And Then I Saw the Sky, like I am.
||: Cheers! :||
"To keep the weakness secret" from Act II of Doctor Atomic.
Alan Gilbert conducts Sasha Cooke, Gerald Finley, Meredith Arwady, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Hey guys, remember that time I said I was going to post more of his instrumental music and then didn’t? Well never fear, followers of FYJ(C)A, for that time has now come.
Over the next few days, I’m going to be posting the premiere of Adams’ new Saxophone Concerto, with Adams conducting Timothy McAllister and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. To kick things off, here is a clip of his comments before the performance.
John Adams on KPFA's Ode To Gravity Series from 1973 : John Adams : Free Streaming : Internet Archive
With host Charles Amirkhanian, composer/conductor/clarinet player John Adams, the newly appointed Director of the New Music Ensemble at the San Francisco…
An interview with John Adams from 1973 (!). Along the way, they play some of his early tape pieces and American Standard. It’s a really interesting look at early, early Adams, so you should all listen to it. (This was done just after he had moved to the west coast.)