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‘Minimalist Jukebox’ Gets Maximum Exposure

Posted in News on April 12, 2006
BMI was on hand at a recent reception in honor of Grammy Award-winning composer John Adams. The event, hosted and sponsored by Boosey & Hawkes and Hendon Music at the Sundance Institute in Beverly Hills, commemorated the BMI composer's recent role as Festival Director of "Minimalist Jukebox," a celebration of film, music and the minimalist movement held at various concert halls around the Los Angeles area.

Marc Ostrow, VP Business Affairs, Boosey & Hawkes and Hendon Music; Jenny Bilfield, President, Boosey & Hawkes and Hendon Music; BMI composer John Adams; BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross; Danielle Bond, Label Liaison/Creative TV, Warner Music Group; and Peter Golub, Sundance Institute

This event was a groundbreaking first by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which presented a wide-ranging survey of minimalism. Under Adam's watchful ear, the Minimalist Jukebox Festival reflected on where we've been, the current state of the art, and things to come.

Shown at the reception are (l-r): BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI composer John Adams and the Sundance Institute's Peter Golub.

BMI composer John Adams has been heralded worldwide for a unique style that harnesses the rhythmic energy of minimalism to the harmonies and orchestral colors of late romanticism. He brought contemporary history to the opera house with his post-modern music theater works "Nixon in China" (1987) and "The Death of Klinghoffer" (1991), and has addressed urgent social issues in "I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky," "El Dorado" and "The Wound-Dresser."

Adams was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Music for "On the Transmigration of Souls," a composition commissioned by the New York Philharmonic to commemorate the victims of the World Trade Center attacks. His works have been performed worldwide by great orchestras and opera companies, and are widely used by choreographers. He is the recipient of the 1995 Grawemeyer Award for his "Violin Concerto" and the 2004 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Musical Composition.