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Philip Glass’s work with Ravi Shankar being celebrated at Carnegie Hall

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As you may know, Philip Glass has been celebrating his 80th birthday year by holding the ‘Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair’ position for Carnegie Hall‘s 2017-2018 season, curating concerts at the historic NYC venue. On Saturday, April 21, he’ll present what appears to be the final concert in the series. Pacific Symphony will be performing “Meetings Along the Edge” from Philip Glass’ 1990 collaboration with Ravi Shankar, Passages. They’re also performing Shankar’s Concerto No. 3 for Sitar and Orchestra and the New York premiere of Glass’ The Passion of Ramakrishna. Pacific Symphony will be joined by a few guests, including Ravi Shankar’s daughter Anoushka Shankar. Here are more details:

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.

Tickets are on sale now. Full list of performers below.

In related news, the Chiara String Quartet are returning to The Met on May 12 to perform the New York premiere of Philip Glass’s Piano Quintet No. 1 (“Annunciation”). They’ll be joined by special guests Paul Barnes (piano) and the Axion Estin Chanters. The night begins with Nico Muhly’s Diacritical Marks, which was written for the quartet, and ends with Beethoven’s String Quartet in A Minor, Op.132. Tickets are on sale.

Listen to Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar’s Passages:

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Philip Glass Meets Ravi Shankar at Carnegie Hall Performers
Pacific Symphony
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 Lee, Alto (First Devotee)
Nicholas Preston, Tenor (Second Devotee)
Pacific Chorale
Robert Istad, Artistic Director

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