Composer gives voice to the lost souls of 9 / 11

Critical Eye

April 23, 2006|By TIM SMITH | TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC

MISSING ...

Such a simple, straightforward word, but almost unbearably heavy, with layer upon layer of meaning, when intoned and repeated by a boy's voice during the opening moments of John Adams' On the Transmigration of Souls, his Pulitzer Prize-winning composition, premiered a year after the attacks of 9 / 11.

OF MUSIC AND MEMORY: ON THE TRANSMIGRATION OF SOULS / / BSO / / 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 p.m. April 30 / / Meyerhoff Symphony Hall / / 410-783-8000 or baltimoresymphony.org

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