Performance Wednesday, April 24, 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 the first of two concerts featuring landmark American works of the 20th and 21st centuries.


  • STEVEN MACKEY Ground Swell
  • JOHN ADAMS Gnarly Buttons
  • CARTER Double Concerto

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.

Tonight's concert juxtaposes the music of American master Elliott Carter with that of Steven Mackey and John Adams, two members of the following generation. Both influenced by popular idioms, Mackey and Adams offer visually evocative works rich with humor and rhythmic drive. This concert also explores the relationship of ensemble and soloist. All three works utilize soloists that alternate roles—at times leading the ensemble and at times joining it—as well as allowing members of the ensemble to take turns being the soloist, creating an ever-changing tapestry that allows multiple virtuosos to emerge.
Program Notes
Professional Training Workshops are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.