KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Morning Concert: John Adams’ “Nixon in China” and an interview with Harvey Sollberger, 1 of 2

Analog Audio

Event Type
Interview and Music
Program Series
Morning Concert
Program Length
128 min
1 of 2
1988-03-10 | broadcast
| 1988-03-10 | created
This program, recorded on March 10, 1988, begins with Charles Amirkhanian’s brief interview with composer Harvey Sollberger in which they discuss two of Sollberger’s works, “Persian Golf” and “Three or Four Things I Know About the Oboe.” The two are then joined by composer John Adams for a discussion about the state of New Music in the San Francisco Bay Area. The bulk of the program is then dedicated to John Adams’ blockbuster opera “Nixon in China.” This masterwork of contemporary opera was written in collaboration with director Peter Sellars and poet Alice Goodman, and at the time of this recording was just about to be released on compact disc. This recording of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s production (December, 1987, NY) features singers John Duykers and Carolann Page, among others. The opera tells the story of President Richard Nixon’s trip to China and features a host of famous figures including Nixon and his wife Pat, Chou Enlai, Henry Kissinger and Chairman Mao himself. Selections from the recording are heard, in addition to a discussion of Adams’ other orchestral and operatic projects. (from KPFA Folio)
20th century classical
Musical Selections
Three or Four Things I Know About the Oboe [excerpts] (1986) / Harvey Sollberger -- [ Act 1, Scene 1 of “Nixon in China”] (1985-87) / John Adams
James P. Ostryniec, oboe (Three)
Sanford Sylvan, baritone, Cho Enlai, (Nixon)
James Maddalena, baritone, Nixon, (Nixon)
Orchestra of St. Luke’s (Nixon)
Edo de Waart, conductor (Nixon)
20th century classical
Concertos (Oboe with instrumental ensemble)
Operas -- Excerpts
Minimal music
Funding for the preservation of this program made possible through a grant by Save America’s Treasures, a program of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.