The Music of John Adams

While health officials manage the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, the Seattle Symphony has made the difficult decision to cancel performances through May 31, 2020. All ticket holders will be notified.

John Adams’ Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? is a new mind-bending concerto featuring pianist Jeremy Denk, praised by The New York Times as “one of his generation’s most eloquent and thoughtful interpreters.” In City Noir, Adams populates a gritty symphony with inspiration found in Los Angeles.

Masterworks Series

Dates and Tickets

  • 16 Apr (Thu) 2020 7:30PM
  • 18 Apr (Sat) 2020 8:00PM
  • 19 Apr (Sun) 2020 2:00PM

Pre-concert Talk

Pre-concert Talk presented one hour prior to each performance. Free with ticket purchase.

Ask the Artist

Ask the Artist to follow the Thursday night concert. Free with ticket purchase.

Running time

1 hour, 23 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


John Adams


Composer, conductor, and creative thinker - John Adams occupies a unique position in the world of American music.

Jeremy Denk


Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists – an artist The New York Times hails as someone "you want to hear no matter what he performs." Denk is known for his original and insightful writing on music, which Alex Ross praises for its “arresting sensitivity and wit.” The pianist’s writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New RepublicThe Guardian, and on the front page of the New York Times Book Review

Seattle Symphony

Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label.


John Adams' performances are generously underwritten by Dennis Gannon and Sarah Burns. Artists Circle. Jeremy Denk’s performances are generously underwritten by Tom McQuaid and Muriel Van Housen.