John Adams's El Niño From the Spoleto Festival USA

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

John Adams's 'El Niño' From the Spoleto Festival USA. John Adams's 'El Niño' From the Spoleto Festival USA. (William Struhs)

John Adams, Pulitzer Prize-winner and arguably America's best-known living composer, describes El Niño as, “my way of trying to understand what is meant by a miracle." This sweeping setting of the Christmas story is both compellingly contemporary and filled with ancient traditions, including medieval carolers, Latin American poets, and an ethereal children's chorus. As the New York Times put it, "El Niño bears so many gifts that the senses stagger under the load."

Erica Brookhyser (Mezzo-Soprano)
Daniel Bubeck (Countertenor)
Brian Cummings (Countertenor)
Caitlin Lynch (Soprano)
Steven Rickards (Countertenor)
Mark Walters (Baritone)

Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra
Westminster Choir; Joe Miller, conductor

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