John Adams's Rib
Getting to the bones of this Summer's Hottest Composer
Monday, July 11, 2011
This week on The New Canon, soprano Jessica Rivera and flutist Eric Lamb enter the ring to talk about the Summer of John Adams. Join the conversation in the window below or via Twitter with the hashtag #q2new. Want to get a head start? Leave your questions in the comments below and we'll address them at the top of the chat.
Writing for The New York Times last month, classical critic Steve Smith asked "Has the time come at last for The Death of Klinghoffer…?" I'd take it one step further: Even with his extensive popularity over the last few decades, has the time now come for John Adams? Earlier this year, his breakthrough first opera, Nixon in China received its long overdue Metropolitan Opera premiere with Adams making his debut with the company as a conductor. This summer has seen productions of Klinghoffer in Missouri and A Flowering Tree in Ohio. And this week, the Cleveland Orchestra takes to Avery Fisher as part of the Lincoln Center Festival, pitting orchestral works of Adams against those of Bruckner.
On hand to talk further about this are soprano Jessica Rivera, who has appeared in several Adams works including A Flowering Tree in Cincinnati last month (and its world premiere in Austria) and flutist Eric Lamb, who appears with the International Contemporary Ensemble on the newest Adams disc for Nonesuch, which features his Son of Chamber Symphony. We'll hear that, plus excerpts from Tree and more as we get to the nitty gritty of this founding father of 20th- and 21st-century music.