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Music review: John Adams’ ‘Absolute Jest’ in San Francisco

When John Adams was a young composer and conductor in San Francisco in the early ’70s, he would often perform the experimental music of John Cage and other radicals, which was the hip thing to do at the time. But he has said that all that avant-garde business could leave him musically dissatisfied, and he’d go home and put on recordings of late Beethoven string quartets.

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    May 23, 2018

    National Arts Centre Ottawa

    NAC Southam Hall

    Ottawa, ON, Canada

    BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
    STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life)

    May 24, 2018

    National Arts Centre Ottawa

    NAC Southam Hall

    Ottawa, ON, Canada

    BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
    STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life)

    June 1, 2018

    Indianapolis Symphony

    Hilbert Circle Theatre

    Indianapolis, IN

    MOZART Overture to “La Clemenza di Tito”
    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 27
    MOZART Requiem

    June 2, 2018

    Indianapolis Symphony

    Hilbert Circle Theatre

    Indianapolis, IN

    MOZART Overture to “La Clemenza di Tito”
    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 27
    MOZART Requiem

    June 3, 2018

    Indianapolis Symphony

    The Palladium

    Indianapolis, IN

    MOZART Overture to “La Clemenza di Tito”
    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 27
    MOZART Requiem

    June 15, 2018

    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

    Heinz Hall

    Pittsburgh, PA

    BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
    BERLIOZ: Te Deum (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Premiere)

    June 16, 2018

    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

    Heinz Hall

    Pittsburgh, PA

    BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
    BERLIOZ: Te Deum (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Premiere)

    June 17, 2018

    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

    Heinz Hall

    Pittsburgh, PA

    BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
    BERLIOZ: Te Deum (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Premiere)

NY Philharmonic

Artist-in-Residence: Emanuel Ax 2012/13.
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Brahms: Music For 2 Pianos
Haydn: Piano Sonatas
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B Minor
Mendelssohn: Piano Trios
Strauss: Enoch Arden

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Extract from masterclass given by Emanuel Ax on Beethoven Piano Sonatas and Variations. The student is Nicolas Van Poucke. The full masterclass is available on DVD from www.masterclassfoundation.org

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