Saturday, March 7, 2009

Shakespeare Theatre: Encounters - A John Adams Snapshot

Date: April 22, 2009 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Place: Harman Center for the Arts at the Shakespeare Theatre, 450 7 ST NW, WDC (directions)

"Encounters: A John Adams Snapshot" provides a rare opportunity for DC audiences to hear two cutting-edge compositions by an indispensable American original. "Phrygian Gates," early Adams, is a landmark of keyboard minimalism, a 30-minute kaleidoscope of swirling colors and textures. "Gnarly Buttons," late Adams, is a sizzling clarinet concerto distilling swing, blues, and jazz. Both works will be performed for the first time by two great American instrumentalists.

Principal Performers:
David Krakauer, clarinet
Benjamin Pasternack, piano
Angel Gil-Ordóñez, conductor

John Adams: Phrygian Gates
John Adams: Gnarly Buttons

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