John Luther Adams’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean “may be the loveliest apocalypse in musical history,” according to Alex Ross of The New Yorker.
To celebrate the Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s recording of the work, set to be released September 30, Q2 Music hosted an exclusive event to experience Become Ocean in engulfing 5.1 surround-sound, just as the composer says it was meant to be heard. Divided evenly by three cresting, crashing crescendos, Become Ocean presents Adams’s unique synthesis of surface lushness with roiling, subterranean might.
The evening began with a conversation between Adams and Q2’s Helga Davis about the inspiration behind the piece and its ambitious new recording by the Seattle Symphony, under the direction of Ludovic Morlot.
Watch on-demand video of the entire event below: