Pianist Yuja Wang premiered new piano concerto by John Adams on March 7, 2019 at Disney Hall the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel followed by performances in Seoul and Tokyo.
Adams says of the piece, “In the same way that I first encountered the name ‘Hallelujah Junction’ and knew that I had to write a piece with that title, when I saw the phrase ‘Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?’ I thought to myself, ‘that’s a good title just waiting for a piece.’ The phrase suggested a ‘Totentanz,’ only not of the Lisztian manner, but more of funk-invested American style.”
The concerto will be reprised by Dudamel and Wang at the Hollywood Bowl on July 25, and it will return to Disney Hall for two performances November 7 and 8, during which time the work will be recorded for commercial release.
Next season Adams will conduct performances with the Seattle Symphony and the St Louis Symphony, both with pianist Jeremy Denk, and in Paris and Amsterdam with pianist Vikingur Olafsson.”
More information about the Los Angeles premiere