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Philip Johnson's secret brick and glass home in Manhattan, NYC

You'd never guess a Modernist paradise lies behind the unassuming brick and glass facade of Philip Johnson's sole private residence in Manhattan. The Rockefeller Guest House sits snugly between two rather typical apartment buildings,...Show More Summary

Watch Sufjan Stevens Perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” With the Patti Smith Band

Last night, Sufjan Stevens performed at Tibet House’s 30th annual benefit concert, which doubled as a celebration of Philip Glass’s 80th birthday. He joined the Patti Smith Band to perform his version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” “My...Show More Summary

Watch Patti Smith, Sufjan Stevens, Iggy Pop, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, New Order, Alabama Shakes, Ben Harper, & Tibetan Monks Sing “People Have The Power” At Carnegie Hall

Every year, the Tibet House US nonprofit throws a big benefit show at New York's Carnegie Hall, and it always features a whole ton of rock and avant-garde legends, many of them performing songs they wouldn't ordinarily do. Last night was the 30th annual Tibet House benefits, and it doubled as am 80th birthday party…

Watch Philip Glass Play With Alabama Shakes, Patti Smith at Tibet House Benefit Concert

Tonight, the Tibet House hosted its 30th annual benefit concert. This year’s extravaganza celebrated Philip Glass’ 80th birthday, and featured Glass on the bill of performers alongside Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Iggy Pop, Sufjan Stevens, New Order, and more. Show More Summary

An opera about Walt Disney, in commuting distance of Disneyland

“The Perfect American” is the operatic portrait of an idealist American artist as a less-than-perfect old man, which is to say a blend of sunshine, supremacy and insecurity. In Philip Glass’ most recent portrait opera (a great lives series that has included Einstein, Gandhi, Akhnaten, Columbus,...

How Can Someone As Famous And Prolific As Philip Glass Be So Misunderstood?, Asks Anne Midgette

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"It's not just a question of whether you like the music, or think you like it; it's a question of knowing that it exists. Although Glass has written 11 symphonies, [conductor Dennis Russell] Davies says that when a major American orchestra was recently approached about performing Glass, the response was, 'But he doesn't write symphonies.'" […]

Philip Johnson's Wiley House hits the market for $12 million

Philip Johnson's Wiley House in New Canaan, Connecticut may not be as well-known as the architect's iconic Glass House, but it's every bit an architectural gem - and now, it's on the market. Built in the 1950s, the home clearly exhibits...Show More Summary

When Does (And Doesn't) Film Music Qualify As 'Classical'? Ask Philip Glass And John Corigliano

"Philip Glass and John Corigliano are both regarded as classical composers first and foremost despite their work for the cinema. But both, as Jed Distler found out, find that the lines between classical and film music are by no means clear-cut."

Track: String Quartet No. 3 “Mishima,” VI.

Track: String Quartet No. 3 “Mishima,” VI. Mishima/Closing | Artist: Philip Glass (performed by The Catalyst Quartet  Read more...

The Pioneering Minimalist Composer We've Forgotten About

"The canon of musical minimalism tends to be set in stone, carved like Mount Rushmore: Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, La Monte Young. It's solid, immovable, but the lineup has long lacked for figures who are under-acknowledged or under-appreciated - most notably Tony Conrad." Jennifer Lucy Allan fills us in.

New York Philharmonic aims to lose its Glass virginity

The 2017-18 season, announced today, will include the Philip Glass Double Concerto for two pianos. It will be the first time, Mr Glass tweets, that the Philharmonic has played a work by New York’s best-known composer. Philip Glass has just turned 80. Carnegie Hall celebrated the event. But the New York Phil just walked on by.

Shipping container transforms with walls of glass in Argentina

From industrial to rustic Fans of Philip Johnson’s Glass House take note: As it turns out, you too can have something like the modernist icon if you get a shipping container, paint it black, and replace the corrugated steel with sleek walls of glass. Show More Summary

Classical Composers Aren't Exactly Celebrities In America - So How Did Philip Glass Become A Household Name?

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Steve Reich and John Adams have been more innovative; Michael Nyman writes Hollywood film scores, too. But Glass is the one who gets name-checked in Gilmore Girls and made fun of on The Simpsons and South Park. Why is this? Dan Ruccia has an explanation. (It's not because of Cousin Ira.)

What Philip Glass Learned In Paris

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us in this Fishko Files, Glass's time away from America in the '60s was central to his music, as he encountered a pair of powerful influences." (audio)

Bride Zilla: 1924

Dec. 29, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Mr. & Mrs. Philip Mason Sears." Massachusetts politician Sears (1899-1973) married Zilla MacDougall on his 25th birthday. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

Happy 80th Birthday Philip Glass

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Sequenza21

Photo: Steve Pyke Philip Glass turned eighty years old today. A celebration was held at Carnegie Hall tonight, a concert by the Bruckner Symphony Linz, led longtime Glass collaborator conductor Dennis Russell Davies in the premiere of the composer’s Eleventh Symphony and Three Yoruba Songs (with vocalist Angélique Kidjo). In Nashville tonight, I’m not hearing […]

For Philip Glass' 80th Birthday, An 11th Symphony

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Glass, responding to a question: "I’ve done quite a few operas, and probably close to a third to a half of them have political themes. It’s only really in the opera house, or in the theater, and sometimes in the dance hall, that the composer can initiate a discussion about social justice and politics. Mostly, […]

Philip Glass curating 2017-2018 Carnegie Hall shows; Tibet House lineup expanded

The Tibet House benefit now also includes Alabama Shakes and Ben Harper. Continue reading…

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