MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

An Evening of John Luther Adams

The sudden cold blast, climate change, a pandemic that seems never-ending, World War III angst — I’d rather take a night off and focus instead on the transportive music of John Luther Adams. Erin Jorgensen has curated a program of small-ensemble works that is being presented at 8pm on Thursday, 24 February, at the Chapel Performance Space in Seattle.

JLA of course has an important relationship with this city: Seattle Symphony commissioned his Pulitzer Prize-winning (and Taylor Swift-approved) Become Ocean as well as its companion work Become Desert.

Thursday’s program, which includes lighting designed by Charles Smith, will consist of:

The Farthest Place | violin, vibes, piano, marimba, double bass

The Wind in High Places | string quartet

Among Red Mountains | piano

The Light That Fills the World | violin, vibes, keyboard, marimba, double bass

Seattle Symphony members Mikhail Shmidt (violin), Andy Liang (violin), and Joseph Kaufman (double bass) are among the musicians, who also include Rose Bellini (cello), Storm Benjamin (vibraphone), Rebekah Ko (marimba), Jesse Myers (piano), and Erin Wight (viola). Mask and vaccination required for entry; tickets $15-$30.

PS In case you missed it, JLA’s memoir Silences So Deep came out in the height of the pandemic.

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