Lives Lived: For nearly 25 years as the White House’s executive pastry chef, Roland Mesnier made desserts for presidents and their guests. He died at 78.
SPORTS NEWS FROM THE ATHLETIC
Golf wars: World No. 2 Cameron Smith headlines the latest group of PGA Tour players to join LIV Golf. But the PGA should survive this first tidal wave and retained 18 of the top 20 players.
A tale of two N.F.L. teams: The Las Vegas Raiders have now moved on from their last three years of first-round draft picks after waiving Alex Leatherwood. Yikes. Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers are feeling good vibes with Jimmy Garoppolo sticking around their quarterback room.
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ARTS AND IDEAS
A great American composer
Though he’s no pop star, John Adams is one of few modern composers who approaches celebrity status. He is known for his operas, including “Nixon in China” and “The Death of Klinghoffer,” and won a Pulitzer for “On the Transmigration of Souls,” a reflection on the Sept. 11 attacks.
Now Adams, 75, is preparing for a new challenge: an Old Hollywood-inflected production of “Antony and Cleopatra,” which premieres at San Francisco Opera on Sept. 10 and will then move to the Metropolitan Opera. Even after so many years, as Joshua Barone writes in this profile, this veteran of classical musical is a little nervous. “When you get to be my age, you’re not compared to other composers,” Adams said. “You’re compared to your earlier works.” — Natasha Frost
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