for Lou Harrison

John Luther Adams Discusses his Trilogy

Moving Beyond Place: A Conversation

Program Notes

Schuman Award Concerts: John Luther Adams

Adams has always regarded himself as outside the mainstream—a restless but patient seeker who believes...

for Lou Harrison

John Luther Adams

Friday, October 9, 2015, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

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American composer John Luther Adams has always forged his own path. From his small cabin in Alaska, he has written works of great beauty and depth, ultimately earning him the Pulitzer Prize. Dive deep into Adams’ music with this trilogy of unforgettable large-scale memorial works—none of them previously played in New York—composed in honor of those who influenced him most: his mother, father, and friend and mentor Lou Harrison.

Night Two: for Lou Harrison

Lush colors and cascading harmonies capture the joy, and longing, at the heart of this tribute to Adams’ friend and mentor.

“[Lou Harrison] was an inspiring model of how to live, without regret or bitterness, as an uncompromising independent composer.” —John Luther Adams


  • for Lou Harrison (2003) New York premiere