- Now a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at USC, Adams adheres to the philosophy that for classical music to thrive, one must try to reach the broadest possible audience.
- He created a series of “Piano Portraits” of Bach, Mozart, Debussy and others combining piano performance and visual arts which he has presented more than 200 times.
Winthrop University, "John Kenneth Adams Presents His Piano Portraits on Sept. 14 at Winthrop" (2014). Winthrop News 2014. 163.