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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

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 weeks 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 weeks 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

3 weeks 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

4 weeks 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

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?

Mixed, Not Matched

last monthArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

Glass Pieces,” “Thou Swell,” “Stars and Stripes” New York City Ballet David H. Koch Theater New York, NY October 16, 2016 (matinee) by Marianne Adams copyright © 2016 by Marianne Adams The names of Philip Glass, Richard Rogers, andShow More Summary

Meet the 26-Year-Old Wunderkind Who's Bringing a Philip Glass Opera to L.A.

It’s a rainy Monday morning in downtown Los Angeles and the staff at L.A. Opera is busy preparing for the next mainstage production. Inside a large, fluorescent-lit rehearsal space at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Matthew Aucoin, Anthony Roth Costanzo and Phelim McDermott are gathered around an iPad. They are watching...

Prefab Glass House lets you bring home the spirit of Philip Johnsons masterpiece

Alan Ritchie’s reinterpretation of the Glass House follows the design principles of Johnson’s original with its entirely glazed facade that blurs the line between indoors and outdoors. “I think doing it in a prefabricated version is a whole different approach,” said Ritchie. Show More Summary

At Ace Hotel, new live score makes 1922 'Nosferatu' a not-so-silent movie

last monthArts : Culture Monster

Last Halloween, L.A. Opera presented “Dracula” with Philip Glass’ score at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, with the composer and the Kronos Quartet playing live behind the 1931 film. It was a sold-out holiday hit.  Inevitably, the question arose: What to do for an encore? How about another “Dracula”...

BAM winter/spring 2017 season (Tom Ze, Stephin Merritt, Devendra Banhart, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, more)

BAM has announced its 2017 winter/spring season, which runs from January 11 - June 10 and features theater, dance, music, and opera... Continue reading…

Hear Blood Orange Cover Philip Glass Live On Piano

Dev Hynes takes on a 1989 piece from the legendary composer.

Blood Orange – “Metamorphosis: III” (Philip Glass Cover)

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Devonté Hynes guested on SiriusXMU to perform a cover of Philip Glass’ “Metamorphosis: III,” which is the third composition in a series of five included on Glass’ 1989 release Solo Piano. Check out Hynes’ evocative rendition below. Sidenote: Hynes chilled with Glass at a Tibet House benefit after party back in 2015, and it looks […]

Listen to Blood Orange Cover Philip Glass

Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange) has covered Philip Glass in a new SiriusXMU live session. He performed the composer’s “Metamorphosis Three” from Glass’ 1989 record Solo Piano. Hear Hynes’ rendition below. Read our feature “The Realest Out:...Show More Summary

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