John Adams

San Francisco Symphony at 100

About the Concert

San Francisco Symphony at 100, the San Francisco Symphony’s Centennial Season opening night gala, conducted by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, will air on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances, Friday, March 30 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). In September, the San Francisco Symphony and Tilson Thomas launched its milestone Centennial with a celebratory gala […]

GP at the Met: Nixon in China

“Flesh Rebels” Chorus and Ballet

The “Flesh Rebels” chorus and the ballet “The Red Detachment of Women,” choreographed by Mark Morris, appears in Act 2 of John Adams’s Nixon in China. Watch an excerpt of the Metropolitan Opera premiere directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by the composer.

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic: The Inaugural Concert

Interview with John Adams

John Adams is one of America’s most admired and respected composers today. He’s also a conductor eagerly sought after by America’s major orchestras, a writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, a chamber conductor, and a Pulitzer prize and multi-Grammy-winning composer of enormous range and technical command. Adams’ work stands out among contemporary […]

Preview of the Concert

Named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World for 2009” and frequently described as the most dynamic young conductor to arrive on the classical music scene since the legendary Leonard Bernstein, 28-year-old Gustavo Dudamel begins his tenure as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in fall 2009. Making his American […]


John Adams’s opera stars Gerald Finley as “Father of the A-Bomb.” GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET launches its third season on PBS with the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Doctor Atomic, John Adams’ powerful portrait of the physicist presiding over the creation of the atom bomb, Monday, December 29 at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings). […]