The Music of John Adams

With the composer conducting, pianist Jeremy Denk tangles with John Adams’ Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, a funky and diabolically tricky piano concerto. Partly inspired by films produced in Hollywood during the late forties, Adams’ City Noir moves between restless pockets of energy and surging, cinematic melodies.

21-22 Masterworks

Dates and Tickets

  • 6 Jan (Thu) 2022 7:30PM
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  • 8 Jan (Sat) 2022 8:00PM
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Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance

Location

S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall

Performers

John Adams

Conductor

Composer, conductor, and creative thinker - John Adams occupies a unique position in the world of American music.

Jeremy Denk

Piano

Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists – an artist The New York Times hails as someone "you want to hear no matter what he performs." Denk is known for his original and insightful writing on music, which Alex Ross praises for its “arresting sensitivity and wit.” The pianist’s writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New RepublicThe Guardian, and on the front page of the New York Times Book Review

Timothy McAllister

Saxophone

Hailed by The New York Times as a “virtuoso…one of the foremost saxophonists of his generation”, “brilliant” (The Guardian, UK), and “a sterling saxophonist” (The Baltimore Sun), Timothy McAllister is one of today’s premier soloists, a member of the renowned PRISM Quartet, and a champion of contemporary music credited with dozens of recordings and over 150 premieres of new compositions by eminent and emerging composers worldwide.

Seattle Symphony

Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label.