The three performances at two historic concert halls to honor the 70th birthday of legendary composer John Adams

(St. Louis, MO) – The St. Louis Symphony will honor American composer John Adams and celebrate his 70th birthday by performing his oratorio, The Gospel According to the Other Mary, on March 24 and March 26 at Powell Hall and March 31 at Carnegie Hall in New York. *St. Louis Public Radio, 90.7 – KWMU, will air a special live broadcast of the March 26 performance at Powell Hall. The broadcast begins at 3:00pm and can be live streamed here

Music Director David Robertson will lead the orchestra for the performances of the critically acclaimed work, which received its world premiere in 2013 and a Pulitzer nomination in 2014. The program features mezzo-sopranos Kelley O'Connor as Mary Magdalene and Michaela Martens as Martha, with tenor Jay Hunter Morris as Lazarus. The performances also include countertenors Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings, and Nathan Medley, and the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, directed by Amy Kaiser.

The Gospel According to the Other Mary tells the story of Mary Magdalene, placing the Biblical story in contemporary times, using elements of recent history and contemporary verse. The libretto, compiled by Peter Sellars, is based on the New Testament stories of Lazarus and the Passion and is combined with contemporary poems and texts.

“What I love about the way that John Adams has used the text and constructed the piece is that he gives the listener real time for spiritual contemplation,” David Robertson said. “There are interludes that allow you to engage with the emotions that the text creates.”

The performances mark another chapter in the storied relationship between David Robertson and John Adams, whose collaborations have included the Grammy-Award winning recording of City Noir, the 2016 release of Scheherazade.2, and this year’s release of Adams’s Violin Concerto with Scheherazade.2, all on Nonesuch Records.

“Our orchestra plays the music of John Adams with a depth of understanding that I think is unequaled by any other orchestra,” David Robertson said.

Tickets are on-sale now and may be purchased here or by calling 314-534-1700.

The Gospel According to the Other Mary 

Friday March 24, 8:00pm    

Sunday, March 26, 3:00pm, *St. Louis Public Radio, 90.7 – KWMU live broadcast

David Robertson, Conductor

Powell Hall

Carnegie Hall Tour: The Gospel According to the Other Mary                         

Friday, March 31, 7:30pm

David Robertson, Conductor

Carnegie Hall