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June 13, 2013 | By David Ng
Long Beach Opera announced Wednesday its 2014 season will include works by Duke Ellington, John Adams and Wynton Marsalis. The season will feature four productions -- the same as the current season -- at venues around Long Beach and San Pedro. The company specializes in intimate and experimental productions of pieces that aren't often performed at major opera houses. Long Beach Opera will kick off the season with a production of Ellington's "Queenie Pie" (Jan. 25, Feb. 1 and 2)
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April 14, 2014 | By David Ng
John Luther Adams won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music for his composition "Become Ocean," an orchestral work that premiered last year with the Seattle Symphony, which commissioned the piece. "Become Ocean" is a sonic work that is intended to evoke the landscapes and waters of the Pacific Northwest. The piece will be performed at Carnegie Hall in New York next month with the Seattle Symphony, conducted by Ludovic Morlot. Adams, who is a resident of Alaska, studied at CalArts in the '70s and has had his music performed around the world.
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March 6, 2013 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
Perhaps the best way to describe "The Gospel According to the Other Mary" by John Adams is to borrow a phrase from the composer's frequent collaborator Peter Sellars, who wrote the libretto for the piece and is directing a newly staged production premiering Thursday at Walt Disney Concert Hall before traveling with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on its upcoming tour to Europe and New York. "It's not something you would see at the Crystal Cathedral," Sellars said during an interview following a recent rehearsal.
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March 12, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
It is an opera that like its choruses rouses recriminations and unsettled ghosts. "The Death of Klinghoffer" by composer John Adams sets the Israeli-Palestinian struggle on a ship sailing with the histories and opposing realities of two peoples bound by the rage and agony of an unreconciled land. The opera, based on the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro by Palestinian militants who killed Leon Klinghoffer, a disabled American Jew, is also a deeper meditation on nationalist passions that for ages have set alight the world's conflicts.
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May 25, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Losing your religion may be an occupational risk for artists who like to weigh in on the Big Questions. But when John Adams set out to write music representing the Crucifixion of Jesus, the composer underwent what he calls "a good old-fashioned crisis of faith. " "It was a very, very profoundly disturbing experience for me," said Adams, whose opera-oratorio "The Gospel According to the Other Mary" will have its world premiere Thursday at Walt Disney Concert Hall. "I doubted whether my moral or spiritual powers were strong enough to try to take on this archetypal image, this event, which all the greatest artists in Western history, from Michelangelo to Johann Sebastian Bach to Bernini have dealt with.
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June 8, 2008 | NOEL MURRAY
John Adams HBO, $59.95 Following the lead of David McCullough's biography, this seven-part HBO miniseries covers the birth of the great American experiment from the perspective of our persnickety second president. Paul Giamatti plays John Adams as a preening neurotic, yet he remains fundamentally sympathetic while navigating -- and sometimes instigating -- the personality clashes that helped forge a new nation.
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June 1, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Many of John Adams' scores pursue the big ideas. His subjects have included the U.S. relationship with China, Middle Eastern terrorism, the L.A. earthquake and riots, caring for the dying, the Nativity, the bomb. On Thursday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, he tackled perhaps the biggest of all when the Los Angeles Philharmonic premiered Adams' "The Gospel According to the Other Mary. " Taking on the most monumental narrative in Western civilization, Adams' part-opera/part-Passion is - in subject, meaning, emotion, relevance, historical resonance and musical ambition - huge.
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October 19, 2008 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
WHEN John Adams, the celebrated composer who is to his adopted California as Sibelius is to Finland, decided to write a memoir of his life and music, he realized there was virtually no model for his project. "Most composers," he said over lunch at an upscale Italian cafe near his home here, "are composers because that's the way they want to communicate with the world. Even those who can write well, they don't want to express themselves in words." The few existing examples didn't inspire him.
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April 14, 2014 | By David Ng
John Luther Adams won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music for his composition "Become Ocean," an orchestral work that premiered last year with the Seattle Symphony, which commissioned the piece. "Become Ocean" is a sonic work that is intended to evoke the landscapes and waters of the Pacific Northwest. The piece will be performed at Carnegie Hall in New York next month with the Seattle Symphony, conducted by Ludovic Morlot. Adams, who is a resident of Alaska, studied at CalArts in the '70s and has had his music performed around the world.
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June 28, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
John G. Adams, whose criticism of Joseph McCarthy's anti-communism campaign helped lead to the senator's downfall, died Thursday of lung cancer at his Dallas home. He was 91. Adams was chief legal advisor to Army Secretary Robert T. Stevens in 1953, when McCarthy's inquiries extended to the Army.
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June 20, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
SAN FRANCISCO - There have been, in modern times, three Marilyns, a couple of Lulus and Lolitas, and many Moby Dicks with their own operas. Now, suddenly and out of the blue, we have two new operas, or in this case operatic Passion plays, about Mary Magdalene. Fast on the heels of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's premiere of John Adams' "The Gospel According to the Other Mary" last year and Peter Sellars' staging this year, comes Mark Adamo's "The Gospel of Mary Magdalene," commissioned by San Francisco Opera and given its premiere Wednesday night in War Memorial Opera House.
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June 13, 2013 | By David Ng
Long Beach Opera announced Wednesday its 2014 season will include works by Duke Ellington, John Adams and Wynton Marsalis. The season will feature four productions -- the same as the current season -- at venues around Long Beach and San Pedro. The company specializes in intimate and experimental productions of pieces that aren't often performed at major opera houses. Long Beach Opera will kick off the season with a production of Ellington's "Queenie Pie" (Jan. 25, Feb. 1 and 2)
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April 18, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
A tree grows most surely in Brooklyn. But what's in a ZIP Code? The Los Angeles Philharmonic began its Brooklyn Festival on Tuesday night with a Green Umbrella concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The hip New York City borough is not just a destination for visual artists, artisan picklers and other assorted foodies, but also host to a significant new music scene. Meanwhile, Hear Now held its third annual Festival of Contemporary Los Angeles Music in Venice - where foodies (along with artisan picklers)
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March 8, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
"The Gospel According to the Other Mary" is now another "Other Mary," the "Mary" we have been waiting for. John Adams' Eastertide combination of Passion and oratorio was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and given its premiere late last spring at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Impressive and stirring as it was, the work felt a masterpiece still in the making. It was long (135 minutes rather than the 90 minutes expected) and unwieldy. It was delivered late and required a draining last-minute preparation for Gustavo Dudamel and the orchestra at the same time they were already overextended by staging Mozart's "Don Giovanni.
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March 6, 2013 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
Perhaps the best way to describe "The Gospel According to the Other Mary" by John Adams is to borrow a phrase from the composer's frequent collaborator Peter Sellars, who wrote the libretto for the piece and is directing a newly staged production premiering Thursday at Walt Disney Concert Hall before traveling with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on its upcoming tour to Europe and New York. "It's not something you would see at the Crystal Cathedral," Sellars said during an interview following a recent rehearsal.
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February 27, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Walt Disney Concert Hall stage didn't look so hot for Tuesday night's Green Umbrella concert. Rather than the trademark umbrellas being gracefully suspended from the ceiling, they were placed in clumps, like lean-tos, on either side of a stage and so saturated with green light that they appeared covered with AstroTurf. Then again, the Los Angeles Philharmonic may simply be packing early for its upcoming tour and wanted to have those umbrellas handy. This was a showcase concert of the orchestra's New Music Group, and it will be repeated in London the week after next.
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July 24, 1987 | United Press International
John Quincy Adams, descendant of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, has died at age 64, family members announced Wednesday. Adams, who died Monday at his home, was the great-great-grandson of the sixth President, John Quincy Adams, and the great-great-great-grandson of John Adams, the nation's second President. The son of the late Arthur Adams and Magery Lee Adams, Adams graduated from St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., and was a member of the Harvard College Class of 1945.
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December 3, 2007 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
PALO ALTO -- John Adams' "Son of Chamber Symphony," which was given its premiere Friday night at Stanford University, is a chip off the old block. In his Chamber Symphony, Adams sassed Schoenberg. Fifteen years ago, he sat in his studio in Berkeley studying the German composer's Chamber Symphony -- a classic work from Schoenberg's early, atonal years -- while his 7-year-old son watched classic cartoons.
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December 8, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
HOUSTON — Jordan Adams still hears the question from time to time, just as he did so often before: Why come to UCLA when more touted freshmen such as Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson might hog the spotlight, the ball, playing time? Why not go elsewhere? His answer: a laugh. Not one to brag, what could he really say? So he lets his actions speak for him. Though overshadowed in a UCLA 2012 recruiting class that was considered the best in the nation — he was the only one among the four signees who was not a McDonald's All-America choice — Adams has been the Bruins' most productive player.
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November 1, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If your name is John Kennedy or John Adams , Boston's Revere Hotel has a suite for you. Anyone with the name of a Massachusetts president or nominee (yes, Michael Dukakis counts) will receive a free night in the 24th-floor presidential suite and some extras such as a haircut from Mitt Romney 's stylist. The deal: I can't imagine there are a lot of Michael Dukakises around, so I'm guessing Kennedys and Adamses might win the suite. Women can play too if their name is Abigail Adams or another first lady from Massachusetts.
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