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John Adams' 'Ceiling/Sky' remains earthbound
John Adams' 'Ceiling/Sky' remains earthbound

When urban angst and unrest erupts in violence, as it did in Ferguson, Mo., our initial focus is necessarily on finding solutions to such apparent causes as racial profiling, unemployment and militarized police. But the underlying spiritual crises, the lingering human needs, may require something seismic. Let the ground beneath your feet and the roof over your head become untrustworthy, and you will be handed an opportunity to sense the world and your place in it differently. John Adams' "I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky," his groundbreaking 1995 experiment in vernacular American music theater, is both a worldly and spiritual response to the 1992 Los...

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