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Glenn Kotche Presents John Luther Adams' 'Ilimaq' at St. Louis Symphony Concert >>

Glenn Kotche, alt-rock drummer for Wilco and contemporary classical artist, will perform his collaboration with composer John Luther Adams in St. Louis this week. The pair's ambient symphony, 'Ilimaq,' originally premiered at the University of Texas at Austin.

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New World Symphony Premiere Three ‘New Works’ This April >>

New World Symphony will debut new works by three contemporary artists next month in their aptly titled special event, 'New Work.' Included are world premieres from Michael Tilson Thomas, Timo Andres, Lauren Yee and Amy Beth Kirsten.

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John Luther Adams & Laurie Anderson to Premiere Sound Installations at Big Ears Fest 2016 >>

With preparation for the 2016 Big Ears Festival underway, the bigwigs behind the gala have announced two sound installations that will be part of the festivities: a piece from composer-in-residence John Luther Adams and his enticing Veils and Vesper, and Laurie Anderson's Drones, a Lou Reed original.

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John Luther Adams Named Composer in Residence for 2016 Big Ears Festival in Knoxville >>

It's that time of year again and the 2016 Big Ears fest in Knoxville, Tennessee is upon us. A lineup has been announced for the festival, which takes place March 31 to April 2. On that list are John Luther Adams, Philip Glass, Vijay Iyer, Yo La Tengo and more. The festival is for the neo-classical and the avant-garde. As is customary with the festival, a Composer in Residence is given the most time over the course of 3 days. This year's is none other than the Pulitzer-prize winner John Luther Adams.

PREMIERE: Listen to wild Up feat. Jodie Landau's

PREMIERE: Listen to wild Up feat. Jodie Landau's "as I wait for the lion" (Bedroom Community) >>

Premiering here on Classicalite, by their numbers anyways, you'll hear a mix as open and as carefree as Highway 101. Whereas, simultaneously, as intimate, as huddled as the mass of hybrids piled bumper-to-bumper on the 110. Settle in, then, as wild Up founder Christopher Rountree leads the shimmering, beguiling "as I wait for the lion," the eighth track off of you of all things, out today from Valgeir Sigurðsson's Bedroom Community.


EXCLUSIVE: John Luther Adams on ‘Sila: The Breath of the World' with La Jolla Symphony >>

Interview with John Luther Adams about 'Sila: The Breath of the World,' a site-determined piece to be performed by the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in San Diego on September 27. The free concert will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Japanese Friendship Garden of Balboa Park, in celebration of the park's 100th anniversary.

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John Luther Adams Wins Columbia's Lifetime Achievement William Schuman Award >>

Visionary American composer John Luther Adams has been awarded the coveted Columbia University School of the Arts William Schuman Award. The William Schuman Award is a recognition which has been given over the past three decades. The award is named for the first recipient of the prize and offers a $50,000 unrestricted grant to its recipients. According to Columbia, the goal of the award is to recognize lifetime achievements of an American composer whose works have been widely performed and generally acknowledged to be of lasting significance. “John Luther Adams's work anticipates a complex yet poetic intertwining of music and space. Whether he is writing for nontraditional sites or evoking the expansiveness of outdoor landscapes inside the concert hall, his writing radically redefines the relationship between sound and locality. We are thrilled to honor him with the Schuman Award,” says Carol Becker, dean of the Columbia School of the Arts. Adams is a composer who uses the natural world as inspiration for his life and work. He has won the Heinz Award for his contributions to raising environmental awareness. He also received the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for "Become Ocean," an orchestral work that evokes thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels. The piece was performed at Carnegie Hall and recorded by the Seattle Symphony and has been nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

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WQXR Hosts John Luther Adams Pre-Release Listening of 'Become Ocean' (Cantaloupe Records) on September 12 >>

Tomorrow, tune in to WQXR as John Luther Adams presents a pre-release listening of his album Become Ocean, to be released on Cantaloupe Records.

Long Beach Opera Presents ‘I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky’ by John Adams and June Jordan

Long Beach Opera Presents ‘I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky’ by John Adams and June Jordan >>

“I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky” is the title of a song-play by contemporary composer John Adams and poet June Jordan. The Long Beach Opera will present the Southern California premiere of 'Ceiling/Sky' at the Ford Amphitheatre on August 23

VIDEO: Seattle Symphony Orchestra Recreates Sir Mix-A-Lot's 'Baby Got Back' For the Classical Nation

VIDEO: Sir Mix-A-Lot Twerks Ludovic Morlot's Seattle Symphony Orchestra with 'Baby Got Back' Arrangement from Gabriel Prokofiev >>

Ludovic Morlot's band has gone viral, ruffling the feathers of many a classical musician who argue that the cover was either a jocular time-piece or a salty gimmick.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 MusicNOW Series Features Music by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead and Anna Clyne Premiere

Chicago Symphony’s 2014-15 MusicNOW Series Features Anna Clyne Premiere, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood >>

Highlights from next season's MusicNOW concerts include 'The Wind in High Places' by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams, Jonny Greenwood’s 'Suite' from the movie 'There Will Be Blood', and the world premiere of Anna Clyne’s 'Postponeless Creature.'

UPDATE: Seattle Symphony to Perform ‘Become Ocean,’ John Luther Adams’ 2014 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Score, at Carnegie Hall in May >>

The Seattle Symphony will give the New York premiere of John Luther Adams’ ‘Become Ocean’ at Carnegie Hall on the evening of May 6. Conductor Ludovic Morlot will lead the orchestra in Adams’ monumental oratorio, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in music earlier today.

BREAKING: 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music Goes to John Luther Adams for 'Become Ocean,' Christopher Cerrone's 'Invisible Cities' Nominated >>

"A haunting orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels," writes the Pulitzer board about Adams' winning work.

From John Luther Adams to Mason Bates, Today's Composers "Do" the Environment >>

Interesting report from our friends over at San Francisco Classical Voice--and good timing, following hard on the heels of Classicalite's own missive about Paul Walde and orchestra protesting at a new ski resort from atop a glacier.

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Wordoku ANSWERS (Mini): Contemporary Composers, Letter A [UPDATE] >>

Introducing Classicalite's newest Wordoku puzzle! Think you can solve this 6x6 grid with 3x2 regions featuring: van der Aa, Luther Adams, Adès, Amacher, Argento and Ashley?

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