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Composer John Adams Returns To Yale For Weeklong Residency

Adams once called "Absolute Jest" "the most extended experience in pure 'invention' that I've ever undertakenā€¦ a thrilling lesson in counterpoint, in thematic transformation and formal design."
October 1, 2014
John Adams, guest conductor and composer

John Adams, guest conductor and composer

Hartford Courant
By Michael Hamad

You might see a certain famous composer grabbing slices of New Haven’s famous pizza later this month.

John Adams, who presented the Tanner Lectures on Human Values in 2009 and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2013, returns to Yale during the week of Oct. 12-19 for a series of panels, workshops and concerts, according to a Yale press release.

There’s a panel discussion on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. in Morse Recital Hall (in Sprague Hall, 470 College St.), where Adams will chat with Yale president Peter Salovey and Yale School of Music dean Robert Blocker about, you know, music and stuff. (Tickets aren’t required.)

Adams then conducts the Yale Philharmonia through Stravinsky’s “Orpheus,” Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony and his own “Absolute Jest” (featuring the Brentano String Quartet) on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Woolsey Hall (500 College St.). Tickets are $10-15 in advance ($5-8 for students); all tickets are $3 more when purchased at the door.

The following Sunday, Adams — along with the Yale Philharmonia and the Brentano — takes the same program to Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York (Oct. 19, 5 p.m., $30 general admission, $15 for students; call 212-721-6500 for tickets), where they’ll kick off the university’s eighth Yale in New York concert series.