In 2013, the Seattle Symphony commissioned and premiered John Luther Adams’s “Become Ocean,” which became a hit in the classical music world and earned Adams the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music AND the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. Now, Adams is back with the sequel, “Become Desert.”
21CM Takeaway: Throughout his career, John Luther Adams has taken inspiration from nature, particularly from that of his chosen home in Alaska. He has always managed to infuse his music with a very personal passion for environmental issues without preaching. Instead, he notices, and encourages listeners to notice in kind. Audiences can bear witness to what promises to be another groundbreaking work when the Seattle Symphony premieres Adams’s next major piece for orchestra.