John Adams, a well known composer of the minimalist tradition, is in town this week as the featured composer of Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival from March 1-7. Minimalist music is hypnotic, atmospheric and spine-tinging in the hands of a reflective and sensitive composer-pianist like Adam Sherkin. While the music is often heard in motion pictures and games, hearing it live in concert can be a meditative and transformative experience.

In the second concert of Adam Sherkin’s concert series at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, the music is all about unforseen journeys and the melancholy of saying goodbye.

Sherkin will be performing John Adams China Gates and Phygian Gates, both written in 1977 for piano, and one of the very first compositions that reflected the personal voice of John Adams for which he is world reknowned. Other works in the concert include Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother by J.S. Bach, piece by David Sawer entitled The Melancholy of Departure (1990), as well as the world premiere of Sherkin’s own composition, Exquisite Departure.

For your chance to win tickets to hear Sherkin’s performance, and for this unusual and thoughtful musical program, share or retweet our contest details on facebook and twitter before Thursday March 6, 2014 at 5pm.

To get a taste of what you will hear at this concert, below is a performance of John Adams’ China Gates by Patrick Gutman:


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