Philip Glass

One of the most prominent contemporary classical composers, Philip Glass is closely associated with minimalism and the avant-garde, but has also worked with pop artists ranging from Paul Simon and David Byrne to Patti Smith. Perhaps best known for the 1970s five-hour opera Einstein on the Beach, the extraordinarily prolific Glass also has written symphonies, chamber music, film scores, theater pieces, and for his own Philip Glass Ensemble, as well as collaborated with choreographers, writers, and visual artists. Glass prefers "music with repetitive structures" to the term minimalism, and, in fact, his music often progresses via the reiteration and subtle manipulation of rhythms and melodies. His later work tends to be more lyrical. His profound influence stretches from classical to rock. In this rare, intimate solo performance, Glass will focus on his Etudes for Piano and a few of his classics. (Photo by Raymond Meier)
Wed., April 6, 8:30 p.m., 2011

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