Composer and conductor John Adams visited the Yale School of Music in October 2014. His weeklong residency culminated in two concerts featuring Adams conducting the Yale Philharmonia. Each concert featured Adams' own music alongside works by Stravinsky and Beethoven.
The program included Adams' Beethoven-inspired piece Absolute Jest, performed alongside Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Stravinsky’s Orpheus. A concerto for string quartet and orchestra, Absolute Jest also featured the Brentano String Quartet in its debut year as YSM’s quartet-in-residence.
Adams has described Absolute Jest as “the most extended experience in pure ‘invention’ that I’ve ever undertaken… a thrilling lesson in counterpoint, in thematic transformation and formal design.”
WATCH "ABSOLUTE JEST" VIDEO
WATCH "ORPHEUS" VIDEO
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
WATCH BEETHOVEN VIDEO