This joyfully exuberant work suggesting a wild fling in a sports car was arranged for concert band from a set of orchestral fanfares by John Adams. Like other Adams works, Short Ride features the minimalist earmarks of repetition and steady beat, with a consonance of harmony. One of America’s most admired and respected composers, Adams was educated at Harvard and moved to California in 1971, where he was composer-in-residence at the San Francisco Symphony for ten years. His operas (Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, and Doctor Atomic) are among the most successful of our time, and his On the Transmigration of Souls won the Pulitzer Prize for Music and three Grammy awards. Adams is an active guest conductor with the world’s greatest orchestras and was recently named to the new post of creative consultant at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. --James Huff 04:49, November 22, 2009 (UTC) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)