A new piano concerto by John Adams premieres March 7-10, 2019 in Los Angeles.
John Adams’ latest work, “Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?”, receives its first performances with pianist Yuja Wang and the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
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.”
After the initial Los Angeles performances the orchestra and Yuja Wang will tour the piece in Korea and Japan later in March with further performances in New York and Europe in the autumn.
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