A co-commission by Stanford Lively Arts, the San Francisco Ballet and the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the work is a follow-up to Adams's Chamber Symphony (1992).
"It's a little funkier, maybe, but it's still quite soloistically driven," said Pierson in a statement. "John doesn't write a lot of music for chamber ensemble and most of his earlier music depends on the massed sonority of the orchestra."
The work's East Coast premiere is set for February 28 at Carnegie's Zankel Hall with the same performers. A choreographic version by Mark Morris will also debut in the spring as part of the San Francisco Ballet's New Works Festival
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