In this talk, Professor Allen will investigate how the music of John Adams’s opera, although technically described as ‘minimalist’, actually allows the audience a rich experience in sound. He will show how orchestral color is a particularly significant factor. He will highlight how the music connects with European neoclassicism and other traditions as well as the flow of musical events within American music. The goal of this talk is to equip the listener with the essential tools to enjoy a ‘maximal’ experience from Adams’ first, and some claim most significant, opera.
Professor Allen’s courses at Rider University range from Beethoven and the Romantic Age to World Music to Unpacking Bruce Springsteen. Recognized as a world authority on the music of Benjamin Britten, Prof. Allen also founded the national award-winning The Princeton Brass Band, of which he is Musical Director.