Composer John Luther Adams has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his new work: "Become Ocean," which was commissioned by the Seattle Symphony and premiered last June.
The onetime executive director of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center, the Alaska-based composer and author's work has long been inspired by the natural world he's experienced, and the Pulitzer committee was attracted to the real-world feel of "Become Ocean," which was informed by the waters off the coast of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
The committee said the composition is a "haunting orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels."
Adams, 60, has taught at Harvard University, The Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Alaska. He has also been a composer in residence with the Anchorage and Fairbanks symphonies and Arctic Chamber Orchestra.
"We were thrilled to commission this incredible piece and give the world premiere last June -- and we are brimming with excitement to perform it again during Spring For Music at Carnegie Hall on May 6," Seattle Symphony said.