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Scoring

4(IV=picc,III=picc2).3.corA.4.bcl.3.dbn-4.4.3.1-timp.perc(2)-pft-ebs-strings

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World Premiere
9/19/2019
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Symphony / Michael Tilson Thomas
Press Quotes

Los Angeles Times
“a dazzler”
“What couldn’t be missed was the jazz influence or the marvelous shifting tone colors. You don’t know where you’re going, and you don’t expect to end up in the luminous glow that seems to say this is a dance that will go on in the upper reaches long after any of us are still dancing.”

San Francisco Classical Voice
“This eight-minute whirligig is a charmer, a perpetual motion machine harking back to Adams’s early minimalist works, while having the rich orchestration of the composer’s more recent large-scale pieces.”

San Francisco Chronicle
“This eight-minute curtain-raiser … unleashes a fireball of forward momentum that only pauses to draw breath in the eerie fade of the piece’s final measures.”
“It’s irresistible as a whirlwind of dark orchestral sound.”
“The music exerts a churning, irresistible pull. It’s a tribute to both the continuing fecundity of Adams’ creative imagination and to Thomas’ ability to bring out the composer’s best.



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