RCO: John Adams conducts John Adams

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An iconic contemporary composer-conductor responds to the world. In this all-Adams program, the composer conducts a selection of works inspired by world events. Opening with a fanfare to mark the 150th anniversary of Texas’ independence from Mexico, this is not a rousing chorus of brass, but undulating and uplifting. From his landmark opera Doctor Atomic, tracing the story of the ‘father of the atomic bomb’ Robert Oppenheimer , the composer distils a turbulent symphonic suite. The program culminates with Scheherazade.2 a dramatic symphony for solo violin and orchestra in response to the casual brutality at the heart of many of the tales from 1001 Nights; instead, the eponymous heroine is reimagined as an empowered modern woman, struggling against a patriarchal society represented by the orchestra. PROGRAM JOHN ADAMS Tromba Lontana Fanfare for Orchestra JOHN ADAMS Doctor Atomic Symphony JOHN ADAMS Violin Concerto Scheherazade.2 ARTISTS John Adams, conductor Leila Josefowicz, violin Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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