Philip Glass, one of the most celebrated composers of the modern era, performs with violinist Timothy Fain Tuesday, April 14, at UNCG. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium.
The concert is part of UNCG’s University Performing Arts Series as well as a highlight of “Globe & Cosmos,” UNCG’s yearlong celebration of Galileo and Shakespeare. UNCG Opera Theatre performs Glass’ opera “Galileo Galilei” in Aycock Thursday-Sunday, April 16-19, following Glass’ appearance.
“Philip Glass is one of the most influential and prolific composers of the 20th and 21st centuries,” says Peter Alexander, dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. “He has written works in practically every genre including operas, symphonies, concertos, music for film, music for dance, chamber music, and more. His music has been performed worldwide and he has won a number of significant awards and commissions. He is both a legendary and controversial figure whose music is known to millions of listeners. He is a classical composer who has earned rockstar popularity.”
Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times.
Glass has written music for experimental theater and for Academy Award-winning motion pictures such as “The Hours” and Martin Scorsese’s “Kundun”. “Koyaanisqatsi,” his initial filmic landscape with Godfrey Reggio and the Philip Glass Ensemble, may be the most radical and influential mating of sound and vision since “Fantasia.”
His associations, personal and professional, with leading rock, pop and world music artists date back to the 1960s, including the beginning of his collaborative relationship with artist Robert Wilson. Glass is the first composer to win a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, the concert hall, the dance world, in film and in popular music — simultaneously.
Purchase tickets for the Glass-Fain concert online through the Triad Stage box office.
Reposted from UNCG News and Features