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Happy 70th, Philip Glass

Philip Glass, b. January 31, 1937As the previous post should have indicated, American composer Philip Glass is 70 years old today. In honor of this milestone, English National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera have undertaken a new production of the composer's opera Satyagraha, scheduled for this April at ENO and next year at the Met. We offer some past Ionarts coverage of the music of Philip Glass and, in a separate post, a review by Jens of the essential recordings.

Other Tributes:

Sequenza 21 | Alex Ross | Opera Chic | Joshua Kosman | That's pretty much it

The next (only?) major live performance in the Washington area is an all-Glass program of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Philip Glass was born in Baltimore, after all), conducted by Marin Alsop. This includes the Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and the world premiere of LIFE: A Journey Through Time, a new score by Glass that accompanies photographs by National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting. Dates set for February 22 (at Strathmore) and February 23-25 (Meyerhoff Hall in Baltimore). Please use the comments section to announce other Philip Glass events.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Another event honoring Philip Glass:


Featuring Philip Glass, and Today’s Top Musicians, Composers, and Artists

The biggest names in the world of music join hands to applaud their mentor, Philip Glass, in honor of MATA’s 10th Anniversary Benefit. Co-founded by Philip Glass, MATA (Music at the Anthology, Inc.) celebrates 10 years of serving as the leading global catalyst for emerging composers and contemporary music. Today’s most influential artists and composers will perform and unite including Gordon Beeferman, Derek Bermel, Lisa Bielawa, Theo Bleckmann, Nick Brooke, Annie Gosfield, Randy Hostetler, Carla Kihlstedt, Phil Kline, Lukas Ligeti, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Eleonor Sandresky, Julia Wolfe, and many more, all to honor their mentor Philip Glass.

WHAT: MATA’s 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert
WHERE: Paula Cooper Gallery, 521 West 21st Street, NYC.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 25th @ 6:30pm.
WHO: Philip Glass and celebrities from the performing arts field.
HOW: Individual tickets $200. To order, visit or call 212.563.5124.