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December 2019

Bergen, Norway—Become Ocean

December 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Grieghallen, Edvard Griegs plass 1
Bergen, 5015 Norway
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Ludovic Morlot comes to Bergen to give the Nordic premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning work his orchestra in Seattle commissioned: John Luther Adams’s orchestral monolith Become Ocean. This huge orchestral depiction of the deep, dark oceans around the Pacific Northwest mines into a single musical texture for almost 45 minutes, evolving slowly through a series of huge musical waves. But this unforgettable seascape, that seems to emerge from the centre of the earth, is also a call-to-action, as humanity faces…

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Moscow, Russia—Become Ocean

December 13, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Zaryadye Concert Hall, Ulitsa Varvarka, д. 6, стр. 4
Moscow, 109012 Russian Federation
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The debut concert of the SOUND UP prime series will see the performance of works that are rarely heard or have never been performed in Russia before: the mesmerizing and monumental opus of John Luther Adams “Become Ocean” that received a Pulitzer Prize in 2014 and a Grammy for the “Best Contemporary Classical Composition” in 2015; Jonny Greenwood’s suite based on the music from There Will Be Blood movie that was nominated for Grammy in 2008 for the “Best Soundtrack”;…

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March 2021

Bruges, Belgium—Become Ocean (Belgian Premiere)

March 18, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Concertgebouw Brugge, ‘t Zand 34
Brugge, 8000 Belgium
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€12.50 – €43.00

program Michael Daugherty (1954) Objects from UFO Tan Dun (1957) Water Concerto John Luther Adams (1953) Become Ocean (with a new visual creation by Lillevan, commissioned by the Concertgebouw & Klarafestival) performers Belgian National Orchestra: orchestra Duncan Ward: conductor Lillevan: visuals Colin Currie: percussion

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October 2021

New York, NY—Veils and Vesper (Premiere of the performance version)

October 16, 2021 - October 24, 2021
Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10281 United States
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Experience an immersive sound installation within the Winter Garden palm trees as part of Brookfield Place‘s annual music series, New Sounds Live, curated by WNYC. The installation titled, Veils and Vesper, is a composition of synthetic sounds by John Luther Adams that is formed by the interactions of a mathematical algorithm and prime numbers to create a sensuous, ever-changing soundscape. The installation will be accompanied by live music performances on October 21 and 22. Stay tuned for more details! ***…

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November 2021

Asheville, NC—Waves and Particles (World Premiere)

November 12, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, 120 College Street
Ashville, NC 28801 United States
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World premiere of John Luther Adams’ new composition Waves and Particles, performed by the JACK Quartet. Presented on the opening night of the 12th annual ReVIEWING Black Mountain College Conference (November 12 – 14, 2021) and in conjunction with the exhibition Don’t Blame it on ZEN: The Way of John Cage & Friends (September 3, 2021 – January 8, 2022). About the JACK Quartet Hailed by The New York Times as the nation’s most important quartet, the JACK Quartet is…

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February 2022

London, UK—A Brief Descent into Deep Time (World Premiere)

February 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kings Place Hall One, 90 York Way
London, N1 9AG United Kingdom
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£9.50 – £39.50

Voices Unwrapped David Lang The Little Match Girl Passion Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen Song John Luther Adams A Brief Descent into Deep Time (world premiere) Theatre of Voices David Bendix Nielsen organ TBA percussion Paul Hillier conductor Danish super group Theatre of Voices return to Kings Place for the world premiere of John Luther Adams’ A brief descent into deep time and David Lang’s award-winning The Little Match Girl Passion. John Luther Adams, a composer revered for reclaiming our connections with the…

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March 2022

Perth, Australia—Become Ocean (Australian Premiere)

March 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Terrace
Perth, WA 6000 Australia
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An immersive world of wonder Olivia DAVIES New Work (World Premiere) Benjamin BRITTEN Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes John Luther ADAMS Become Ocean (Australian Premiere) James Ledger, conductor West Australian Symphony Orchestra Western Australian Youth Orchestra Take a plunge into the deepest blue to discover churning waves, eerie calm and some of the greatest wonders of music of the sea. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, John Luther Adams’ expansive orchestral work Become Ocean is an intimate sonic journey, a…

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April 2022

Geneva, Switzerland—Inuksuit (Swiss Premiere)

April 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

John Luther Adams has long been interested in the connection humans have with nature. His concerns about melting ice led him to imagine this large-scale work, designed to be performed outdoors and for which the performers are dispersed and move around. Inuksuit is inspired by the stacks of stones built by the Inuit and the indigenous populations of the Arctic. These multifunctional sculptures allow them, among other things, to navigate in frozen spaces. They also specify sacred places. Each concert…

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New York, NY—Ten Thousand Birds (New York Premiere)

April 14 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065 United States
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New music ensemble Alarm Will Sound will take over the Armory’s historic rooms and the Wade Thompson Drill Hall to perform Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams’ Ten Thousand Birds. The work is based on the songs of birds that are native to or migrate through the area in which the piece is performed. The ensemble performs the work throughout the Armory while the audience follows.

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Sioux Falls, SD—An Atlas of Deep Time (World Premiere)

April 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Washington Pavilion, 301 South Main
Sioux Falls, SD 57104 United States
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$13 – $51

SDSO Centennial Finale EVENT OVERVIEW: Strauss / Also Sprach Zarathustra John Luther Adams / An Atlas of Deep Time (World Premiere) Delta David Gier, conductor The final concert of this Centennial Season opens with Richard Strauss’ epic tone poem “Thus Spake Zarathustra”, the opening bars of which are immortalized in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” An Atlas of Deep Time is a World Premiere written especially for the occasion by Pulitzer and Grammy-award winning composer John Luther Adams. The…

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