The special on-air and online series gives voice to celebrated artists, who will share curated musical selections along with their personal reflections on the music and their experiences in our current environment.
Next week, LA Phil Creative Chair John Adams
shares favorite music and reflections on the unifying and uplifting spirit
Series airs Tuesdays through Fridays, from 6PM to 7PM PDT, and
will be nationally syndicated through PRX
LOS ANGELES (April 30, 2020) – At Home With…, the series launched by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Classical KUSC (Los Angeles), and Classical KDFC (San Francisco), continues to bring music to Los Angeles, the state of California and beyond. Next week’s artist, LA Phil Creative Chair John Adams, comes to listeners from his home in Northern California for “At Home With John Adams.” The series, which evolved in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the temporary closures of cultural venues across the world, will continue weekly with different notable artists. Previous artists were LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel and LA Phil Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen.
“At Home With John Adams” begins Tuesday, May 5, at 6PM PDT.
Tuesday through Friday, a new episode of At Home With… will be broadcast locally on Classical KUSC and Classical KDFC; episodes will also be syndicated nationally through a partnership with PRX and available for streaming internationally.
Each At Home With… episode presents the guest’s curated musical selections along with their personal reflections on the music and their experience of our current environment. Interviewed by KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen, the artists welcome listeners into this experience, in order to bring people together and provide comfort and inspiration through music in these uncertain times.
John Adams has been the LA Phil’s Creative Chair since 2009. His recent piano concerto Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, written for Yuja Wang, the LA Phil and Gustavo Dudamel, was recently released on Deutsche Grammophon.
At Home With… can be heard Tuesday through Friday, 6PM–7PM, on KUSC and KDFC. Listen to KUSC over the air on 91.5 FM, streaming live on KUSC.org, on the free iOS and Android apps, and via smart speaker. Find all methods of listening at KUSC.org. KDFC can be heard all across the Bay Area, streaming live at KDFC.com, on KDFC’s free iOS and Android apps, and smart speakers. Learn more at KDFC.com. The series will be syndicated nationally by PRX. Check local listings at PRX.org.
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“At Home With John Adams”
John Adams, LA Phil Creative Chair
Tuesday, May 5 – Friday, May 8, 6PM
All interviews and production by Brian Lauritzen.
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Composer, conductor, and creative thinker John Adams occupies a unique position in the world of American music. His works, both operatic and symphonic, stand out among contemporary classical compositions for their depth of expression, brilliance of sound, and the profoundly humanist nature of their themes. Works spanning more than three decades have entered the repertoire and are among the most performed of all contemporary classical music, including Harmonielehre, Shaker Loops, Chamber Symphony, Doctor Atomic Symphony, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and his Violin Concerto. His stage works, all in collaboration with director Peter Sellars, include Nixon in China (1987), The Death of Klinghoffer (1991), El Niño (2000), Doctor Atomic (2005), A Flowering Tree (2006), and the Passion oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary (2012). Adams’ latest opera, Girls of the Golden West – set during the 1850s California Gold Rush – premiered at San Francisco Opera in 2017 before traveling to the Dutch National Opera in February 2019 for its European premiere. Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, written for piano soloist Yuja Wang, the LA Phil, and Gustavo Dudamel, premiered in 2019 and has toured across Europe and Asia, and the US. Adams’ new orchestral work I Still Dance, written for Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, premiered in San Francisco in September 2019 and received its European premiere in Amsterdam in March 2020, with further performances planned in Seattle.
Brian Lauritzen is an award-winning host for Classical KUSC. Brian can be heard Monday through Thursday on Classical KUSC from 3PM to 7PM. He is also the host of the Sunday program A Joyful Noise. Additionally, Brian writes and produces features for KUSC’s concert broadcasts, including those with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Piano Spheres. His work as part of these series has been broadcast internationally by NPR, American Public Media, and the WFMT Radio Network. During his tenure at Classical KUSC, Brian has interviewed dozens of top classical musicians and artists. Among them are Gustavo Dudamel, Itzhak Perlman, Dawn Upshaw, Valery Gergiev, Plácido Domingo, John Adams, and many others. Brian is also the host of several critically acclaimed podcasts: Behind the Curtain at LA Opera, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra podcasts, and Concrete Voices – real stories from the streets of Hollywood.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of live performances – orchestral, pop, rock, country, jazz, blues, Latin, world music, opera, chamber, Baroque, organ and celebrity recitals, theatrical performances, explorations of film music, dance, comedy, groundbreaking multimedia productions, and an unmatched commitment to commissioning and performing music from the composers of today – at three of L.A.’s iconic venues: Walt Disney Concert Hall (laphil.com), the Hollywood Bowl (hollywoodbowl.com) and The Ford. The LA Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from September to June, and at the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford throughout the summer. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music with a robust mix of artistic, learning and community programs.
Classical KUSC FM and Classical KDFC FM nurture a love of classical music, inspiring people to make it an enduring part of their lives across California and beyond. The stations curate beautiful music, create compelling experiences and welcome all on the journey. The stations are listener-supported, reach the largest audience in the US with over a million weekly listeners, and are a broadcast service of the University of Southern California. Tune in at 91.5 FM in Los Angeles and Santa Clarita, 88.5 in Palm Springs, 91.1 in Thousand Oaks, 93.7 in Santa Barbara, 99.7 in San Luis Obispo, 89.9 in Napa, 90.3 in San Francisco, 104.9 in Silicon Valley and 103.9 in Monterey/Carmel. The smartphone apps and live streams at KUSC.org and KDFC.com attract local listeners and music lovers from around the globe.
PRX is a public media organization shaping the future of audio by producing and distributing content, building technology and training talented, independent producers. With an award-winning portfolio ranging from iconic public radio programs such as The World, This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, The Takeaway, and Reveal, as well as a growing body of podcast-first productions, including the Radiotopia podcast network, PRX reaches more than 28.5 million listeners and generates more than 70 million podcast downloads per month.