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In August, Boosey & Hawkes and The Juilliard School co-presented a live score reading on YouTube of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony, with conductor David Robertson and musicians on the recording providing Live Chat commentary.

On August 13, Boosey & Hawkes and The Juilliard School co-presented a YouTube live score reading of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony, featuring a 2018 performance recording of the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Adams himself. The event featured real-time commentary in the Live Chat from special guests: conductor David Robertson (director of conducting studies, distinguished visiting faculty at Juilliard), violinist Emma Frucht (concertmaster on the recording), and Dr. Kyle Blaha (Juilliard Ear Training Faculty). Several other performers from the recording attended the online event and joined in on the live chat, as well as John Adams fans from around the world.

Dedicated to David Robertson (who gave the first American performances in Saint Louis and at Carnegie Hall), John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony draws music from his acclaimed 2005 opera Doctor Atomic, and transforms many of the vocal lines from the opera into instrumental solos, including parts for tuba, trombone, and trumpet. The YouTube event was made particularly meaningful by the presence of many of the soloists from the performance in the Live Chat, who shared their experience of performing the piece and insights into the music. David Robertson wrote, “Right at the start, it sounds as if, when the atom gets pulled apart, the entire Earth will follow!”

Watch Boosey’s Doctor Atomic Symphony score video with Live Chat replay here:
(Click the button in the top right corner of the screen to view the Live Chat replay on desktop.)

Watch Boosey’s series of score videos here, featuring several classic works from the catalog:

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