John Adams


The Colorado Music Festival welcomes legendary composer and conductor John Adams as its 2022 composer in residence. This season celebrates not only John’s own groundbreaking music but also the music of many others he has influenced.

Composer, conductor, and creative thinker – John Adams occupies a unique position in the world of American music. His works, both operatic and symphonic, stand out among contemporary classical compositions for their depth of expression, brilliance of sound, and profoundly humanist nature of their themes. In 2003, Adams was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music. 

Festival attendees have six opportunities to experience John Adams’ music this summer in Boulder:

June 30/31: Absolute Jest
July 12: Four movements from John’s Book of Alleged Dances
July 14: City Noir (*conducted by John Adams)
July 15: Road Movies
July 17: Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? (*conducted by John Adams) 

Takács Quartet


The Colorado Music Festival welcomes Grammy Award-winning Takács Quartet as its 2022 artists-in-residence.

Recent winners of the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2021, Chamber category, the world-renowned Takács Quartet is now entering its forty-seventh season. The Quartet has won three Gramophone Awards, a Grammy Award, and more.

The Quartet consists of Edward Dusinberre, Harumi Rhodes (violins), Richard O’Neill (viola), and András Fejér (cello). Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, the members of the Takács Quartet are Christoffersen Faculty Fellows.

See the Takács Quartet in action this summer:

June 30/July 1: Takács Quartet Plays John Adams’ Absolute Jest
July 5: Takács Quartet

Past Artists-in-Residence

Augustin Hadelich (2021)
Jon Kimura Parker (2019)
Jan Swafford (2019)

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