Performance Thursday, April 25, 2013 | 7:30 PM

American Soundscapes

Zankel Hall
Guided by composer John Adams and conductor David Robertson, talented young conductors take the podium to lead a handpicked ensemble of dynamic young instrumentalists in this final concert featuring landmark American works of the 20th and 21st centuries.


  • IVES Three Places in New England
  • JOHN ADAMS Shaker Loops
  • MICHAEL GORDON Yo Shakespeare

At a Glance

Welcome to American Soundscapes, the culmination of a five-day workshop that features three young conductors and an instrumental ensemble of young artists, all coached by John Adams and David Robertson. Led by two of the most compelling figures in American music, this workshop focused on American 20th- and 21st-century music, as well as on the collaboration between composer, conductor, and ensemble in realizing new scores.

The United States has always been known as a country ripe with ingenuity, discovery, and creative risk. Musically, this reputation also holds true, especially with the composers and works on tonight's program. All four composers featured this evening have taken the plunge to create a sound world that is uniquely their own. These four compositions could also be considered breakthrough works—important masterpieces in the American tradition that affected not only the respective composer's own practices, but many who came after. Through these composers' distinct styles, the audience will be treated to a complex web of melodic and rhythmic layering that runs the gamut from meditative reflection to frenzied agitation, from minimalism to bitonality, and from folk to rock.
Program Notes
Professional Training Workshops are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
This performance is part of Now Arriving.