INUKSUIT by John Luther Adams

Congrats to Composer John Luther Adams…

Longtime Alaska composer John Luther Adams has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music, the Pulitzer board announced Monday.

Adams, who recently moved to New York City, was honored for his large orchestral piece “Become Ocean,” which premiered in Seattle last year. The Pulitzer committee called it “a haunting orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels.” {…}

The Seattle Symphony, which commissioned “Become Ocean” and debuted it on last June 20, is scheduled to play it on May 6 at Carnegie Hall in New York as part of the city’s annual Spring for Music festival. The event showcases six major orchestras in six days.

Adams is currently a composer-in-residence at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. In an interview by phone Monday, he said he expected to be in New York for the Carnegie performance and looked forward to hearing his composition live for the first time.

“I haven’t heard the piece in person yet,” he said. “When it premiered I was on an operating table in New York City.” He experienced a detached retina while moving from Fairbanks, a condition that later recurred. His condition is much improved now, he said…

What’s on your mind tonite…?

(H/T Philip Munger)