2020 Festival Artistic Partner
The musical innovator and creative thinker John Adams joins the May Festival as Artistic Partner for the 2020 season. Adams will conduct his El Niño, a sweeping Nativity oratorio written for vocal soloists, a trio of countertenors, a full orchestra, chorus and a youth chorus. We also present Adams’ theatrical song-play, I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky, a story of the aftermath of a natural disaster and the people who experience it— moments which feel almost ripped from the headlines.
John Adams Conducts EL NIÑO
MAY 23, 2020
El Niño is a retelling of the Nativity story from unique perspectives. Drawing on poetry by Latin American women, Adams gives us a retelling of the birth of the child from a mother’s point of view.
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MAY 28 & 31, 2020
I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky tells the stories of seven characters—each battling an inner demon—whose lives are thrown into chaos by the devastating 1994 Northridge, California earthquake.
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