John Adams and Ara Guzelimian on Doctor Atomic - 92Y, New York

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John Adams and Ara Guzelimian on Doctor Atomic

Oct 6, 2008

The week before Doctor Atomic opened at the Metropolitan Opera, composer John Adams reflected on the relationship between words and music in a conversation with Ara Guzelimian, dean of the Juilliard School. Throughout his career, Adams has drawn on literary sources ranging from the Bible to Jack Kerouac; Doctor Atomic incorporates Baudelaire, the Bhagavad Gita and declassified documents from the Manhattan Project. His new memoir is Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life. The evening featured musical illustrations by mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, baritone Jordan Shanahan and pianist Linda Hall.

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