John Luther Adams New Release and Residency at Symphony Space

Source: Symphony Space.

John Luther Adams‘ new and utterly enrapturing choral work, Canticles of the Holy Wind, will be released on Cantaloupe Music on May 12, in conjunction with a Symphony Space performance of the piece by chamber choir The Crossing and musical director Donald Nally, who are also featured on the recording. The evening-length work will surround the audience with four choirs of eight singers each in the sanctuary of St. Michael’s Church in Manhattan and will be followed by a release party, during Symphony Space’s week-long John Luther Adams Residency.

The John Luther Adams Residency at Symphony Space also includes cinematographer Lucian Read’s introduction of film excerpts from his current project, a documentary about Adams and environmental concerns that he explores in his music; a conversation and reading with longtime collaborators Adams and author Barry Lopez; an evening of piano works chosen by Adams and performed by Lisa Moore, and an outdoor performance of Adams’ Ten Thousand Birds, in its New York premiere by the commissioning ensemble, Alarm Will Sound. For this last immersive work, performers are situated throughout Morningside Park, playing material based on the songs of birds native to the eastern hardwood forest.
John Luther Adams at Symphony Space

A Documentary Portrait with Lucian Read
May 8, 7:30 pm
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space

John Luther Adams and Barry Lopez
May 9, 7:30 pm
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space

The Pleasures of Being Lost
May 11, 7:00 pm
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
Lisa Moore, piano

The Canticles of the Holy Wind
May 12, 7:30 pm
St. Michael’s Church
The Crossing
Donald Nally, musical director

Ten Thousand Birds
May 14, 3:00 pm
Morningside Park
Alarm Will Sound
Alan Pierson, music director