The three performances at two historic concert halls to honor the 70th birthday of legendary composer John Adams
The St. Louis Symphony will honor American composer John Adams and celebrate his 70thbirthday by performing his oratorio, The Gospel According to the Other Mary, on March 24 and March 26 at Powell Hall and March 31 at Carnegie Hall in New York. *St. Louis Public Radio, 90.7 – KWMU, will air a special live broadcast of the March 26 performance at Powell Hall. The broadcast begins at 3:00pm and can be live streamed here.
Music Director David Robertson will lead the orchestra for the performances of the critically acclaimed work, which received its world premiere in 2013 and a Pulitzer nomination in 2014. The program features mezzo-sopranos Kelley O’Connor as Mary Magdalene and Michaela Martens as Martha, with tenor Jay Hunter Morris as Lazarus. The performances also include countertenors Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings, and Nathan Medley, and the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, directed by Amy Kaiser.
The Gospel According to the Other Mary tells the story of Mary Magdalene, placing the Biblical story in contemporary times, using elements of recent history and contemporary verse. The libretto, compiled by Peter Sellars, is based on the New Testament stories of Lazarus and the Passion and is combined with contemporary poems and texts.
“What I love about the way that John Adams has used the text and constructed the piece is that he gives the listener real time for spiritual contemplation,” David Robertson said. “There are interludes that allow you to engage with the emotions that the text creates.”
The performances mark another chapter in the storied relationship between David Robertson and John Adams, whose collaborations have included the Grammy-Award winning recording of City Noir, the 2016 release ofScheherazade.2, and this year’s release of Adams’s Violin Concerto with Scheherazade.2, all on Nonesuch Records.
“Our orchestra plays the music of John Adams with a depth of understanding that I think is unequaled by any other orchestra,” David Robertson said.
Via Press Release
About the St. Louis Symphony
Founded in 1880 and now in its 137th season, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and widely considered one of the world’s finest. Under the leadership of Music Director David Robertson, currently in his 12th season, the St. Louis Symphony strives for artistic excellence, educational impact and community connection while meeting its mission statement: enriching people’s lives through the power of music. The Symphony presents a full season of classical programs and Live at Powell Hall concerts and hundreds of free education and community programs each year. Media partners include St. Louis Public Radio, 90.7 –KWMU, which broadcasts the Symphony’s Saturday night subscription concerts live + The Nine Network, which regularly features St. Louis Symphony performances on its Night at the Symphony program. In addition, the St. Louis Symphony is known for its Grammy Award-winning recordings, Carnegie Hall appearances, national and international tours, innovative programming and extensive community engagement initiatives.www.stlsymphony.org