An evening with Erasmus Prize-winner John Adams

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing

American composer and conductor John Adams (b. 1947) has been awarded the 2019 Erasmus Prize. The theme of this year’s Erasmus Prize is ‘Composing for today’. John Adams is one of the most frequently performed living composers. He receives the prize because he has created a new musical idiom by fusing elements from jazz, pop and classical music.

Andrea van Pol will interview John Adams about his musical memories, about the influence of the Californian landscape on his music and about excerpts from his book Hallelujah Junction. In a talkshow setting John Adams will talk with students and teachers about the influence of jazz and pop culture on his work. With film clips and performances by different ensembles of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Sat November 30
20.00 - 22.00, Bernard Haitinkzaal
Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Oosterdokskade 151, Amsterdam

Free entrance; because of the expected number of visitors registration is required. Please register here.

This evening is organised in cooperation with the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation