John Luther Adams + Barcelona Symphony Orchestra


  • Thursday 16 20:30 - 21:15

    Sónar by Night - L'Auditori

Sónar and L’Auditori

Sónar and Barcelona’s Auditori reignite their collaboration to jointly present "Become Ocean", an orchestral composition by John Luther Adams directed by Brad Lubman and performed by the Barcelona and Catalonia National Symphony Orchestra (OBC).

"Become Ocean" positions itself halfway between symphony and contemporary ambient, moving the aesthetic and sound of electronic drones, to a symphonic orchestral language. The 42-minute piece is inspired by the mass of the Pacific Ocean and warns us about the progressive melting of the Arctic as a result of global warming. "Become Ocean" was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2014 and the Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition in 2015 and has been heralded as a work destined to break new ground for symphonic writing in the XXI century. Renowned New Yorker critic Alex Ross -author of "The Eternal Noise"- defined the piece thus: "It may be the loveliest apocalypse in musical history."

Born in 1953 in Mississippi, and an Alaskan resident since 1978, John Luther Adams is one of the most prestigious American composers of recent times. His career is closely linked to the environmental movement, and his most important works often introduce electronic elements intended to warn against the dangers man’s destruction of the natural habitat. He has won numerous awards including the William Schuman Award from Columbia University for the profound significance and global scope of his work. He has taught at Harvard and several of the most important music conservatories in the United States and has spent several years working actively with the Anchorage Opera and Symphony Orchestra in Alaska.

The concert will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 20:30 in the Auditori’s Pau Casals Hall 1.