John Adams and the Berlin Philharmoniker 2016-12-08T11:03:37+00:00

John Adams and the Berlin Philharmoniker



Throughout the 2016-17 season the Berlin Philharmoniker will feature John Adams’ music in recognition of his role as the orchestra’s Composer in Residence.

Adams himself launched the season, conducting three concerts with the orchestra in September, featuring his 1985 “Harmonielehre,” (commissioned for the San Francisco Symphony) and the German premiere of “Scheherazade.2” with Leila Josefowicz as soloist. The program was telecast worldwide on the Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall website and was recorded for eventual release on CD and DVD.

In January the orchestra’s music director Simon Rattle will conduct “The Gospel According to the Other Mary,” with soloists Kelley O’Connor, Tamara Mumford and Peter Hoare. During the same week Adams conducts a program of American music with the Berlin Philharmoniker Akadamie, including music by Andrew Norman, Timo Andres, Oswaldo Golijov and Adams’s own Chamber Symphony.

Alan Gilbert, as part of his guest-conducting week in December, will lead two short Adams works, “Lollapalooza” and “Short Ride in a Fast Machine.”


Kirill Petrenko, music director-designate, does three performances of Adams’ “The Wound-Dresser” in mid-March concerts with baritone Georg Nigl.

And Gustavo Dudamel, for whom Adams composed his “City Noir” for Dudamel’s first concert of music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will bring that 35-minute, cinema-inspired score to the Philharmonie for its first ever Berlin performances.

All the works are being recorded for the Berlin Philharmoniker’s own digital label and will be released as a box set of CD’s and DVD’s to celebrate the orchestra’s relationship with John Adams.