Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The Harman Center for the Arts
Lansburgh Theatre
Washington, DC

A rare opportunity for DC audiences to hear two cutting-edge compositions by an indispensable American original. Phrygian Gates, early Adams, is a landmark of keyboard minimalism, a 30-minute kaleidoscope of swirling colors and textures. Gnarly Buttons, late Adams, is a sizzling clarinet concerto distilling swing, blues, and jazz. Both works will be performed for the first time by two great American instrumentalists.

David Krakauer, clarinet
Benjamin Pasternack, piano
Angel Gil-Ordóñez, conductor

JOHN ADAMS (b. 1947)
Phrygian Gates for solo piano (1977)
Gnarly Buttons for clarinet and chamber orchestra (1996)
The Perilous Shore
Hoedown (Mad Cow)
Put Your Loving Arms Around Me

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This program is made possible with support from: The National Endowment for the Arts, Cafritz Foundation and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities