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John Adams, 2021 Music Director

Composer, conductor, and creative thinker – John Adams occupies a unique position in the world of music. His works stand out among contemporary classical compositions for their depth of expression, brilliance of sound, and the profoundly humanist nature of their themes; his stage compositions, many in collaboration with director Peter Sellars, have transformed the genre of contemporary music theatre. Spanning more than three decades, works such as HarmonielehreShaker LoopsEl Niño and Nixon in China are among the most performed of all contemporary classical music.