Monday 30 March 2020
Following the relevant directive of the Ministry of Health, the concert is cancelled.
The Philip Glass Ensemble, the group formed by Philip Glass in 1968 as a laboratory for his music, lands at the Stavros Niarchos Hall for an important Athenian concert that will take us into the great composer’s unique musical universe.
Born in 1937 in Baltimore, Philip Glass is among the most influential music makers of the late 20th century. In the early 1960s he went to Paris and studied for two years with the great composer and conductor Nadia Boulanger.
Gradually, he started experimenting with many different music genres and expanded his repertoire by composing works for orchestra, as well as music for opera, dance, theater and film. By 1974, a vast body of music had become available to the Philip Glass Ensemble.
Early on, the Philip Glass Ensemble performed Glass’s experimental compositions in small galleries, as well as workshops in the restless art community in Soho, New York.
During the following 50 years, the ensemble has celebrated the bold spirit of its founder in the world’s most famous music venues. Long thought lost, Music in Eight Parts (1970) is described by Glass as “an abandoned piece,” which the composer was forced to sell to pay off debt.
In the SNFCC program, Music in Eight Parts will be joined by other landmark compositions for Philip Glass and the history of contemporary music: selections from the operas Einstein on the Beach and The Photographer, the film score Koyaanisqatsi, and Glassworks, the composer’s luminous calling card.
Michael Riesman: music director, keyboards
Lisa Bielawa: vocals, keyboard
Dan Bora: sound
Sam Sadigursky: saxophone, flute
Peter Hess: saxophones
Ryan Kelly: onstage sound
Mick Rossi: keyboards
Andrew Sterman: flute, piccolo, saxophones
By special arrangement with Philip Glass and Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc.
Please note that Philip Glass will not be performing as part of this concert.
Monday 30/03 | 20.30
For ages 6+
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