Crazy Rhythm

John Adams returns to Sonoma County

The American composer John Adams is no stranger to Sonoma County; indeed, many of his works have been composed at Brushy Ridge, a forest home on Meyers Grade Road, north of Cazadero.

And yet Adams rarely appears in concert here. Ten years ago, in 2002, he conducted the Santa Rosa Symphony with Jeffrey Kahane performing his piano concerto Century Rolls, and he finally reprises that pairing at the Green Music Center this weekend. Adams, conducting the International Contemporary Ensemble, holds the baton for works by Stravinsky and Glass, as well as his own Son of Chamber Symphony, while Kahane serves as pianist yet again, this time for Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

A major force in modern composition, Adams is often personable and chatty in a live setting; one long-ago performance with the Santa Rosa Symphony of his epic work Harmonielehre began with Adams earnestly revealing his dreams to the audience. See the acclaimed composer conduct an all-American program on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Green Music Center. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 8pm. $20–$70. 866.955.6040.—Gabe Meline

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