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Philip Glass rewrites symphony ending for Carnegie Hall

Two weeks before the Bruckner Orchestra of Linz departs on its third US tour with conductor Dennis Russell Davies, the composer Philip Glass has been writing against the clock to change the ending of his new 11th symphony. It is scheduled for premiere at Carnegie Hall on January 31, the composer’s 80th birthday. ‘In rehearsal,’ […]

"I Don't Like To Be Without An Opera On My Desk," Says Philip Glass

And that would explain why he's managed to produce more than 30 of them - in particular the chamber operas he writes between major commissions. "I've found that experimental theatre companies are prepared to take on these things, and it is a handy form to work in, not requiring huge budgets."

How to write a libretto for Lloyd Webber and another for Philip Glass

Christopher Hampton, who wrote Sunset Boulevard (ALW) and The Trial (PG), gives an icy shaft of insight: ‘With Lloyd-Webber you are given the music and and have to fit the lyrics to the score. Philip Glass writes not a note until he has the libretto, and then he will call if he wants to make […]

Giant Lou Reed, Philip Glass Portraits Decorate NYC’s New Second Ave Subway

On New Year’s Day, the MTA opened the brand new Second Avenue subway line in New York City. The 86th Street station features a series of large scale works by Chuck Close, including portraits of Lou Reed and Philip Glass, Brooklyn Vegan reports. Show More Summary

Chuck Close portaits of Lou Reed, Philip Glass & more featured on NYC's new 2nd Ave Subway line

Other Close portraits at the 86th St. stop include Zhang Huan, Kara Walker, Alex Katz, Cecily Brown, and Cindy Sherman. Continue reading…

Explore harmonies in your browser with this free arpeggiator

Ever wondered what it would be like if the spirit of Philip Glass inhabited one of your web browser tabs? Well, now he can. Sort of. “Musical Chord Progression Arpeggiator” is a browser-based, JavaScript-powered harmonic exploration tool. Show More Summary

Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, New Order headline Tibet House 30th anniversary benefit show

Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, and more will also celebrate Philip Glass' 80th birthday.

Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, New Order's Bernard Sumner Set for Tibet House Benefit

The lineup for the 30th annual Tibet House US Benefit, curated by Philip Glass, has been announced. On March 16 at Carnegie Hall, Patti Smith and her band, Iggy Pop, New Order’s Bernard Sumner, Laurie Anderson, Phil Cunningham, Tom Chapman, and more will perform for the benefit’s 30th anniversary. Show More Summary

Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, members of New Order & more playing 2017 Tibet House benefit

The concert will also be a celebration of Philip Glass' 80th birthday. Tickets are on sale now. Continue reading…

L.A. Opera for the late-night cocktail crowd: Checking out the new 'After Hours' series

The curtain closed on Los Angeles Opera’s performance of Philip Glass’ “Akhnaten,” and a long line formed outside the Founders Room, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion’s swanky second-floor VIP lounge. A mix of old and young, wearing everything from denim to couture, was waiting to get into “After Hours:...

Label news: DG breaks an Icelander

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The yellow label has signed  an exclusive agreement with the Juilliard-trained pianist Víkingur Ólafsson. He’s Artistic Director at Reykjavík Midsummer Music. His debut album will be a Philip Glass tribute.

Why are there jugglers in an Egyptian-themed opera? How the aerial magic of 'Akhnaten' came to be

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Before Los Angeles Opera’s production of Philip Glass’ “Akhnaten” opened, general director Plácido Domingo occasionally would take a break from his office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and slip into rehearsals. “He watches the juggling,” the production’s director, Philip McDermott, said at the...

Interview with far-out music video artists from 1984

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

From a 1984 episode of the fantastic USA Network series Night Flight, an interview with pioneering digital video artists John Sanborn and Dean Winkler about their latest pieces, "Act III," with music by Philip Glass, and their musicShow More Summary

Find tranquility in this film with Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto

Meditative sonic architecture meets a great work of modern architecture, as Alva Noto and Ryuchi Sakamoto invade Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House. There are few locations more emblematic of contemplative modern aesthetic than Philip Johnson’s 1949 residence, a transparent box stripped of much beyond its focused proportions and structure. Show More Summary

Listen: maiwai - Mizugauekara

Mizugauekara is a livable record. It's a rustic and tidy cabin, an architectural arrangement of neatly-stacked chamber-folk riffs that, from a distance, recall the pristine congruity of Philip Glass' Glassworks but reveal their charming knots and splinters upon closer scrutiny.

Philip Glass' Modernist Take On Ancient Egypt Is Now At LA Opera

Three years after presenting a revival of Philip Glass' modernist classic Einstein on the Beach, LA Opera debuted its own co-production (with the English National Opera) of another, far less known Glass opus, Akhnaten, this weekend. Like Einstein's, the Akhnaten score is grounded in the extended repetition, with slight variations, of pulsifying musical motifs. [ more › ]

Akhnaten as you've never seen him: How L.A. Opera delivers Philip Glass' Egyptian Pharaoh tale

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Philip Glass’ “Akhnaten” is the un-“Aida.” Verdi and Glass both re-imagined an ancient Egypt suited to the composers’ own times. But whereas Verdi relies on the great 19th century Italian opera themes of forbidden love and the like to make the exotic realm of Pharaohs and gods knowable, Glass operates...

Demonstrators protest L.A. Opera over casting of white singer as an Egytian pharoah

Ticket holders to Los Angeles Opera’s opening night of Philip Glass’ “Akhnaten” on Saturday were greeted by about 25 peaceful demonstrators who voiced their frustration over a white actor singing the title role of an Egyptian pharaoh. Protesters carried signs outside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion...

Philip Glass Wins A Literary Prize

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

And no, it’s not for the libretto of Einstein on the Beach. (“1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, …”) It’s for an actual book: his memoir from last year.

Now Philip Glass wins a literature prize

3 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

First Bob Dylan with the Nobel. Now the minimalist composer has been presented with the 2016 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize. What the heck’s going on?

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