News & Events

Penny Stamps Speaker Series

John Luther Adams

Music and the Anthropocene

October 15, 2015

John Luther Adams

John Luther Adams has been called “one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century" (Alex Ross, The New Yorker). His symphonic work Become Ocean was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music and the 2015 Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition”. Columbia University has honored Adams with the William Schuman Award “to recognize the lifetime achievement of an American composer whose works have been widely performed and generally acknowledged to be of lasting significance.” Adams' music is recorded on Cantaloupe, Cold Blue, New World, Mode, and New Albion. He is the author of two books and is currently working on a memoir of four decades living and working in Alaska.

On Monday, October 12, Adams will join musicologist and U-M Professor of Music Mark Clague, the University of Michigan Flute Ensemble, Contemporary Directions Ensemble, and Chamber Choir, in an evening of performance and conversation about art and environment on Monday, October 12 at 7 pm at UMMA.

Following the October 15 Penny Stamps Talk, Adams will attend the free 8:00 pm University Symphony Orchestra performance of Become Ocean at Hill Auditorium. This campus visit is presented in partnership with the School of Music, Theatre, & Dance, Department of Composition with support from the Program in the Environment (PiTE).

In partnership with the School of Music, Theatre, & Dance, Department of Composition with support from the Program in the Environment (PiTE).

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.

Video