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February 14, 1999 | JOSEF WOODARD, Josef Woodard won a 1998 ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for music writing
John Adams belongs to that elite handful of living composers whose names at least ring a bell with the hoi polloi. Operas such as "Nixon in China" and works like his early "Shaker Loops" and his Violin Concerto have made him one of the most important American composers today. Even so, within that elite company, Adams occupies a distinct and paradoxical role--as a sort of dean, bad boy, visionary and everyman all rolled into one thoughtful, good-natured package.
October 5, 1997 | ANDREW R.L. CAYTON, Andrew R.L. Cayton is the author of "Frontier Indiana" and coauthor of "The Midwest and the Nation: Rethinking the History of an American Region." He teaches in the history department at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio
The most dramatic event in the life of John Quincy Adams was his death. The 80-year-old congressman was stricken Feb. 21, 1848, on the floor of the House as he rose to protest the Mexican War. He lingered for two days in the speaker's private rooms before he died. It was a fitting end for Adams, not simply because he had spent virtually his entire life in government service but because he never hesitated to speak his mind, whatever the price.
April 21, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The church crypt containing the remains of father and son Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams will reopen despite earlier concerns that it would be closed to visitors for lack of money. Secretary of State William F. Galvin, who also is chairman of the state Historical Commission, said he will grant $15,000 to the United First Parish in Quincy, Mass., to continue to maintain the crypt.
December 20, 1990
The only present my family and I want this Christmas is our boys back home from Saudi Arabia. John Adams said, "We are friends of freedom everywhere, but guardians only of our own." OSCAR L. SANCHEZ San Bernardino
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.
The world premiere of John Adams' "Naive and Sentimental Music" by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Friday would be enough to make our city the center of the new music universe, at least for this weekend. But, in fact, the Adams' work is only one element in a half-intentional, half-serendipitous cluster of local new music events--including two concurrent festivals.
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