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Alaskan composer wins Pulitzer Prize for music

By KTVA CBS 11 News 7:14 PM April 14, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

A Fairbanks composer has won the Pulitzer Prize for music.

John Luther Adams took home the award for his orchestral piece “Become Ocean,” which made its debut with the Seattle Symphony last year.

The Pulitzer Committee called Adams’ piece a “haunting orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels.”

Adams has won several awards over the years, including a $100,000 Heinz Award in 2011 and the $25,000 Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist Award.

He moved to Fairbanks in 1978 to work as an environmental activist and began composing full time in 1989.

Alaskans are probably most familiar with Adams’ sound and light display titled “The Place Where You Go to Listen.”

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