Emerald City Music will present premiere of John Luther Adams work

Chamber music presenter Emerald City Music will launch its second season with the world premiere of a work inspired by Adams’ time in the desert; it’s a co-commission with partners in New York, Los Angeles, Orange County and Portland.

Emerald City Music is an innovative series that presents chamber music in a relaxed, intimate South Lake Union venue as well as around the region. Fresh off its inaugural season, Emerald City landed an opportunity to present a world premiere from one of today’s hottest composers.

Season two’s opening program, which will take place in Seattle and Olympia this month, will unveil “there is no one, not even the wind …” by John Luther Adams. Also on the program are works by three other American composers and a beloved Dvořák classic.

“We’re so thrilled by the national support of this project,” Executive Director Andrew Goldstein said. “The Chamber Music Society [CMS] of Lincoln Center led the charge, and with support from Seattle’s 4Culture, we’re premiering the work before it tours to co-commissioning partners in New York, Los Angeles, Orange County and Portland.”


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Season-opening program includes world premiere by John Luther Adams plus works by Leonard Bernstein, Steve Reich, Andrew Norman and Antonin Dvořák, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at 415 Westlake Ave., Seattle, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at The Washington Center, Olympia; tickets from $10 (206-250-5510 or emeraldcitymusic.org).

The 27-year-old Goldstein and his co-founder at Emerald City, Kristin Lee, both knew instantly that the music of Adams would ideally support their mission of bringing a fresh perspective to the region and making concerts more inclusive. Both have ties to CMS. Goldstein served as an artistic administrator for pianist Wu Han and her husband, cellist David Finckel (CMS’s co-artistic directors) before relocating to Seattle from New York, while violinist and Juilliard graduate Lee is also connected to CMS as a resident artist.

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“To have a composer of that caliber and magnitude is so special — and it’s actually the first of two JLA premieres this season,” Goldstein pointed out, referring to the big Adams orchestral commission by Seattle Symphony, “Become Desert,” which will premiere in March, with Ludovic Morlot on the podium, before the symphony takes the piece on…

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