Nightcap Curated by John Adams

The New York Philharmonic

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Nightcap Series

Nightcap: Curated by John Adams


Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

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Date & Times


Mar, 2019

Saturday, 10:30 PM

Event Info

Cap off your evening with a drink and an intimate musical exchange in the glow of the skyline as seen from the Kaplan Penthouse. The most frequently performed living American composer of orchestral music, John Adams shines the spotlight on the next generation — the emerging composers he is championing — performed by composer / pianist Timo Andres and the Attacca Quartet.

Part of Nightcap, a series hosted by Nadia Sirota, Creative Partner.

This event complements that evening’s Philharmonic concert featuring John Adams’s The Wound-Dresser.


John Adams


John Adams


John Adams


Composer, conductor, and creative thinker — John Adams occupies a unique position in the world of American music. His works stand out among contemporary classical compositions for their depth of expression, brilliance of sound, and the profoundly humanist nature of their themes.

Among Mr. Adams’s works are several of the most performed contemporary classical pieces today: Harmonielehre, Shaker Loops, Chamber Symphony, Doctor Atomic Symphony, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and his Violin Concerto. His stage works, in collaboration with director Peter Sellars, include Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, El Niño, Doctor Atomic, A Flowering Tree, and the Passion oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary.

Mr. Adams’s most recent opera, Girls of the Golden West, set during the 1850s California Gold Rush, was premiered by the San Francisco Opera in 2017. His new piano concerto, Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, is being premiered in March 2019 with Yuja Wang as soloist.  

Winner of the 1993 Grawemeyer Award for his Violin Concerto and the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for On the Transmigration of Souls, co-commissioned and premiered by the New York Philharmonic, Mr. Adams has received honorary doctorates from Harvard, Yale, Northwestern, and Cambridge universities and The Juilliard School. Since 2009 he has held the position of creative chair with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A provocative writer, he is author of the acclaimed autobiography Hallelujah Junction and is a contributor to The New York Times Book Review.

As a conductor of his own works and a wide variety of repertoire, Mr. Adams has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the London, Vienna, Seattle, Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Toronto symphony orchestras.

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Nadia Sirota


Nadia Sirota




Violist Nadia Sirota’s varied career spans solo performances, chamber music, curation, and broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a broader audience. Ms. Sirota’s singular sound and expressive execution have served as muse to dozens of composers, including Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, Daníel Bjarnason, Judd Greenstein, Marcos Balter, and David Lang.

Since 2018, Ms. Sirota has been the New York Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner, a position created for her. In this role, she helped develop and hosts two series: Kravis Nightcap and GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON, the latter of which she also curates. In addition, she works with the Philharmonic on contemporary-music initiatives across the organization.

This season, she launches Living Music with Nadia Sirota, a new podcast and concert series that demystifies classical music. Ms. Sirota will also appear as soloist with the New World and Singapore symphony orchestras; premiere works by Nico Muhly, Daníel Bjarnason, and Ellen Reid; and embark upon two new residencies — as creative associate at The Juilliard School and as artist-in-residence at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance.

As a soloist, Ms. Sirota has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit Symphony, Colorado Symphony, National Arts Centre, and Spanish National orchestras, and the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France. She has released four solo albums of commissioned music: first things first (2009), Baroque (2013), Keep In Touch (2016), and Tessellatum (2017). She is a member of Bedroom Community, a collective of musically diverse artists who work and collaborate at Reykjavík’s Greenhouse Studios. She has also lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists as The National, David Bowie, and Björk.

Nadia Sirota is a member of the acclaimed chamber sextet yMusic, whose virtuosic execution and unique configuration have attracted high profile collaborators, including Paul Simon, Ben Folds, and Anohni, and have inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by prominent composers such as Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Chris Thile.

Ms. Sirota won a 2015 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor, for her podcast Meet the Composer, which deftly profiled some of the most interesting musical thinkers living today. She also received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for her work in radio, and Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She sits on the board of directors of Chamber Music America, the national service organization for ensemble music professionals. Nadia Sirota received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang.

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Timo Andres


Timo Andres



Timo Andres is a composer and pianist who grew up in Connecticut, studied at the Yale School of Music, and lives in Brooklyn. A Nonesuch artist, his albums include Home Stretch and his debut disc, Shy and Mighty.

Notable commissions include the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Takács Quartet through Carnegie Hall and the Shriver Hall Concert Series, a two-piano concerto commissioned by the Britten Sinfonia and premiered at the Barbican (by Andres and David Kaplan), and The Blind Banister, a piano concerto (and Pulitzer Prize Finalist) for Jonathan Biss.

As a pianist, Timo Andres has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, Albany Symphony, New World Symphony, and elsewhere; has performed solo recitals for Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, and San Francisco Performances; and has collaborated with Philip Glass, Gabriel Kahane, Nadia Sirota, the Kronos Quartet, Ashley Bathgate, Metropolis Ensemble, John Adams, and many others.

Upcoming projects include collaborations with Sufjan Stevens and New York City Ballet; the Calder Quartet and the LA Phil; and a major work for the Orchester Staatstheater Cottbus.


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Attacca Quartet

Attacca Quartet

Now in its 16th season, the Attacca Quartet celebrates the timeless beauty of the string quartet for a broad audience, from sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall to NPR’s far-reaching Tiny Desk concerts.

First Prize winner of the Seventh Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, top prize and Listeners’ Choice award recipient of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and Grand Prize winner of the 60th annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, the Attacca Quartet has received international acclaim and become one of America’s premier young performing ensembles. It has served as The Juilliard School’s graduate resident string quartet and quartet-in-residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Texas State University.

The quartet recently completed The 68, a six-year performance project in New York City featuring Haydn’s complete string quartets. It is currently presenting two new series in the New York area: Recently Added, featuring string quartets by living composers, and Based on Beethoven, a project juxtaposing the complete Beethoven string quartets with new works from Recently Added. In the 2018–19 season it begins a series of Beethoven quartet cycles, including the historic Slee Beethoven Quartet Cycle series in Buffalo, New York, previously performed by the Budapest and Guarneri Quartets.

The quartet has released three critically acclaimed albums with Azica Records: Fellow Traveler: String Quartets of John Adams, Franz Joseph Haydn’s Seven Last Words (arranged by Andrew Yee), and Songlines: String Quartets of Michael Ippolito.

Upcoming engagements include a recital at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Slee Beethoven Cycle, Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, John Adams’s Absolute Jest with the Nagoya Philharmonic, and a recital at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, as well as concerts throughout Japan, Europe, and North and South Americas.

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