TITLE: Composer John Adams Reads from His Autobiography
SPEAKER: John Adams
EVENT DATE: 05/14/2010
RUNNING TIME: 64 minutes
Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Adams will read from his autobiography, "Hallelujah Junction."
Speaker Biography: As a composer, conductor, and creative thinker, Adams occupies a unique position in the world of classical music. His works, both operatic and symphonic, stand out among contemporary classical compositions for their depth of expression, brilliance of sound, and the profoundly humanist nature of their themes. Notable works include the milestone operas "Nixon in China" and "The Death of Klinghoffer." Adams has also received critical acclaim for his creative programming, founding the "In Your Ear" festival at Carnegie Hall, curating festivals and concerts for such prominent musical institutions as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cabrillo Festival, and the BBC Proms concerts, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In 2003 Adams was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his piece "On the Transmigration of Souls," which commemorated the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. He has been widely honored by leading arts institutions, receiving the Harvard Arts Medal, honorary doctorates by the University of Cambridge and Northwestern University, and more recently, the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors Award.