For the new new stuff, there is a Concerto for Piano by Kevin Volans, and a Concerto for Orchestra by Robin Holloway, two world premieres commissioned by the SF Symphony. We know very little about these guys, how ignorant of us, so it's all very very mysterious and exciting. Another commission will make its US premiere at Davies: the return of Dr. Atomic A Flowering Tree, a new opera in one act by John Adams, conducted by the man himself. Oh my, just the music, without the over-the-top Peter Sellars stage direction, just like we requested? Really, you shouldn't have, you're making us blush.

The handsome man on the press picture above is composer John Adams