Talk about happy coincidences -- Just this Monday, composer John Luther Adams was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his recent orchestral work, Become Ocean. And now, Adams will visit Knoxville next week as preparation for a performance of his work Inuksuit for 9 to 99 percussionists. That performance, an effort of the University of Tennessee Percussion Ensemble and the contemporary music organization, Nief-Norf, will take place at Ijams Nature Center on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22nd, at 5 PM.
From the UT School of Music press release:
Designed as a campus-wide event, John Luther Adams' visit to UT will begin on Monday, April 21st as he works closely in rehearsals with UT students. These rehearsals are open to the public and will be held in the new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center's Percussion Suite (Room 133). Adams will give a formal lecture to the UT community about his work, his compositions, and how they relate to his life as an environmental activist. This talk is free, open to the community, and will be held in the UT Art & Architecture Building (Rm 109) on Monday, April 21st at 6PM.
Audiences should plan to arrive at 5 PM for the performance on Tuesday at Ijams. Following the performance, IjamsNature Center will be hosting an on-site reception for the composer, performers, and theaudience, with food and drink available for purchase. Admission: $20 per car / $10 per bike.
Photo: Charles Mason