Having the opportunity to hear John Adams speak at GSU on Friday was absolutely awesome. Seeing him conduct his Violin Concerto and On the Transmigration of Souls the next day with the ASO made the experience sublime.
In his lecture (more like an informal talk) I was especially impacted by John's comments about composers needing to stick together and support each other (hey, that's why I started this blog!) Also interesting, among other things, were his comments on minimalism (he's not afraid of the "M" word) and his thoughts on what makes each composer immediately identifiable (their harmonic language.)
For those at the lecture, thanks for your participation and great questions. It was an incredible learning experience. Very special thanks to John Adams for coming to GSU. Special thanks to Nickitas Demos for bringing John here so that we could meet and talk with him. It's an experience I'm grateful for and will remember forever.
For those who weren't at the lecture... Why?! We missed you. I was a bit disappointed that more people didn't show up, especially faces from ASSG and elsewhere. This was big. Modern contemporary composers don't come much bigger than John Adams. Just being in the same room with someone at his level is inspiring. Not to mention that Midori was there as well! To be in the presence of such masters... wow! Hopefully next time, we'll see more familiar faces from the local community in attendance. It's an experience worth being there for.
In any case, please post your comments, especially those who want to elaborate on Adams' talk. Thanks!