Philip Glass & Dev Hynes interview each other in new video, playing Kennedy Center
Composer Philip Glass has enlisted Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes for the performance of his “20 Etudes” on March 9 at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Also part of the concert are Aaron Diehl, Jenny Lin, and Jason Moran. They, along with Glass, which each perform four of the etudes on piano, which Glass wrote over a 20-year period. Tickets and more information about the concert are here, and you can watch Hynes and Glass talk about a variety of subjects in an new NPR video interview below.
Meanwhile, Glass’ role as Carnegie Hall’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair for the 2017-2018 season kicks into gear with his first concert of the season: “Reflected in Glass: Philip Glass and the Next Generation” at NYC’s Zankel Hall on December 8:
The concert features Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 2, “The American Four Seasons,” with Tim Fain as soloist. Glass’ work is paired with two composers he has mentored and inspired – Pauchi Sasaki and Bryce Dessner. Dessner’s Réponse Lutosławski, which receives its New York premiere in this performance, is the creative fruit of his study of Lutosławski’s string orchestra piece Musique funèbre. Pauchi Sasaki’s GAMA XVI, co-commissioned by ACO and Carnegie Hall, features the composer as electronics soloist, wearing and performing an original Speaker Dress made from 100 speakers.
The night ends with a conversation between Glass and Sasaki, moderated by The Juilliard School’s Provost and Dean, Ara Guzelimian. Tickets are on sale.
The second concert in the series is “Nico Muhly and Friends Investigate the Glass Archive” on February 8 at Zankel Hall where Muhly reimagines some of Glass’ lesser-known works, with the help of Laurie Anderson, Caroline Shaw and more (tickets).
Check out the schedule for entire series, which includes concerts featuring The Philip Glass Ensemble, So Percussion and more, as well as a video about the 2017/2018 season, below:
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Philip Glass: The 2017–2018 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair schedule
December 8: Orchestra Underground: Reflected in Glass—Philip Glass and the Next Generation @ Zankel Hall
The acclaimed new-music ensemble celebrates its 40th anniversary with two new works and a classic by Carnegie Hall’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair Philip Glass. Bryce Dessner’s Réponse Lutosławski is the creative fruit of his study of Lutosławski’s string orchestra piece Musique funèbre. Glass’s work is an homage as well: a daring take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, with synthesizer replacing the harpsichord and a rollicking finale with a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility.
American Composers Orchestra
George Manahan, Music Director and Conductor
Tim Fain, Violin
Pauchi Sasaki, Electronics and Speaker-Dress
February 8: Nico Muhly and Friends Investigate the Glass Archive @ Zankel Hall
Over his long career, Philip Glass has written countless pieces of music for his ensemble: a band of his friends and close collaborators. In world-premiere arrangements commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Nico Muhly reimagines some of Glass’s lesser-known music, performing them with his own community of musicians.
Nico Muhly, Piano
Estelí Gomez, Soprano
Caroline Shaw, Vocals
Laurie Anderson, Violin and Vocals
Nadia Sirota, Viola
Alex Sopp, Flute
Lisa Kaplan, Piano
Chris Thompson, Percussion
February 16: Philip Glass Ensemble: Music with Changing Parts @ Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The Philip Glass Ensemble returns to Carnegie Hall after more than a decade’s absence to perform one of the composer’s early masterpieces, the groundbreaking Music with Changing Parts.
Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble
Michael Riesman, Conductor
San Francisco Girls Chorus
Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Conductor
Students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
February 27: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra @ Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Music inspired by exotic locations and an unconventional concerto are featured in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s debut Carnegie Hall concert. Philip Glass’s Days and Nights in Rocinha is an evocative tribute to the largest favela in Brazil, while La noche de los Mayas—a suite drawn from a score Revueltas composed to a film that is now lost—is inspired by Mayan culture, culminating in a blaze of pulsing rhythms and wild percussion. There are more fireworks in Glass’s Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra, a thrilling showcase requiring Olympian virtuosity from the two soloists who play nine timpani between them.
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Music Director and Conductor
Jim Atwood, Timpani
Paul Yancich, Timpani
March 6: So Percussion / JACK Quartet @ Zankel Hall
Two powerhouse new-music ensembles come together for an evening of premieres, including a work by Carnegie Hall’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair Philip Glass. The New York Times has said of Sō Percussion, “Through a mix of consummate skill and quirky charm, this mercurial quartet has helped ignite an explosive new enthusiasm for percussion music old and new.” JACK Quartet has cast aside all stereotypes of the traditional string quartet with concerts that are “drop-everything-and-go occasions” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
·· Eric Cha-Beach
·· Josh Quillen
·· Adam Sliwinski
·· Jason Treuting
·· Christopher Otto, Violin
·· Austin Wulliman, Violin
·· John Pickford Richards, Viola
·· Jay Campbell, Cello
April 21: Pacific Symphony @ Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sitar meets symphony orchestra when Philip Glass’s famous collaborations with Ravi Shankar are remembered. “Meetings Along the Edge” from Passages weaves Eastern themes with classic Glass motifs. On a grand scale, there’s the New York premiere of the complete version of The Passion of Ramakrishna, a quietly intense work of tremendous power honoring the Hindu holy man. Shankar’s daughter, Anoushka Shankar, is also center stage when she performs his Concerto No. 3 for Sitar and Orchestra with the Orange County–based Pacific Symphony, led by its music director of 28 seasons, Carl St.Clair.
Carl St.Clair, Music Director and Conductor
Anoushka Shankar, Sitar
Elissa Johnston, Soprano (Sarada Devi)
Christòpheren Nomura, Baritone (“M”)
Donovan Singletary, Bass-Baritone (Dr. Sarkar)
I-Chin Feinblatt, Mezzo-Soprano (First Devotee)
Nicholas Preston, Tenor (Second Devotee)
Robert Istad, Artistic Director