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Jacaranda unleashes a tribute to composer John Adams that goes a little bit 'Berserk'

Jacaranda unleashes a tribute to composer John Adams that goes a little bit 'Berserk'

If only all proponents of contemporary classical music could channel P.T. Barnum the way Patrick Scott did on Saturday night at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge.

As artistic director of the Jacaranda Music series and curator of "American Berserk," a birthday tribute to John Adams, who turns 70 next month, Scott took his musicians outside their usual venue, First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica, because nothing less than a big proscenium stage would do.

No elephants or  tigers were on hand, but Adams' bold "Grand Pianola Music," which concluded the concert in high vulgar style, did just fine. The LSD-triggered 1982 maximalist...

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