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      This official John Adams myspace page is operated by colleagues at John Adams' music publisher, Boosey & Hawkes, with input and collaboration from the composer himself. Special thanks to Nonesuch for granting us permission to stream these tracks. Enjoy!

      "Whenever serious art loses track of its roots in the vernacular, then it begins to atrophy." -John Adams

      John Adams has harnessed the rhythmic energy of Minimalism to the harmonies and orchestral colours of late-Romanticism * Brought contemporary history to the opera house with his post-modern music-theatre works Nixon in China (1987) and The Death of Klinghoffer (1991) * Has addressed urgent social issues with passion and empathy, both in his operas and in such works as I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky, El Dorado and The Wound-Dresser * His works are much favoured by choreographers, with multiple ballet versions of Fearful Symmetries * Winner of the 1995 Grawemeyer Award for his Violin Concerto * Series of recordings on the Nonesuch label * A recent survey shows him to be the most frequently performed living American composer of orchestral music.

      Works by John Adams include: Short Ride in a Fast Machine (1986) for orchestra Violin Concerto (1993) El NiƱo (1999-2000) for soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone, three counter-tenors, chorus, optional childrens' chorus and orchestra

      Looking ahead: A Flowering Tree is premiered at the Wiener Festwochen as part of the Mozart year's New Crowned Hope festival (14 Nov); further performances of Doctor Atomic, are scheduled by Netherlands Opera (June 2007) and English National Opera (Spring 2008); future Nonesuch releases include The Dharma at Big Sur, My Father Knew Charles Ives and Guide to Strange Places (Summer 2006)

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