Lisa Bielawa, new music composer and Philip Glass Ensemble alumna, will host two world premieres of her work for the upcoming 2016 New York Philharmonic Biennial. 'Vireo Caprice' debuts later this month, with 'My Outstretched Hand' following in June.
In a resounding performance at the English National Opera, Anthony Roth Costanzo bared all as Akhnaten in Philip Glass' opera of the same name. To prep for the role, though, Mr. Constanzo had to endure arduous training as well as an entire mental and physical overhaul.
Israeli-born American classical cellist, Maya Beiser will perform twice at this year's Big Ears Festival. On Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7pm, she is the featured soloist in Philip Glass' Cello Concerto No. 2 "Naqoyqatsi" with the Knoxville Symphony at the Tennessee Theatre.
The prestigious New York Theatre Ballet will perform at New York Live Arts, located at 219 W. 19th Street, from February 24-27, 2016. New York Theatre Ballet will present three ballets in the unforgettable evening including an untitled World Premiere set to Philip Glass' Piano Etudes choreographed by Steven Melendez and Zhong-Jing Fang, featuring the NYU Steel Drum Ensemble led by Jonathan Haas, Director of NYU Percussion Program. The company will also revive Jerome Robbins' Antique Epigraphs, staged by Kyra Nichols to Debussy's 6 épigraphes antiques, and Richard Alston's Such Longing to Mazurkas by Frédéric Chopin.
Big Ears has been known for its boundary blurring performances, but this year festival goers will be treated to the once in a lifetime opportunity of hearing avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson and classical composer Phillip Glass perform together. Big Ears founder and curator, Ashley Capps, explained that the pair had only collaborated on stage once before and likely would never be doing it again. Making sure that the festival doesn't do as much harm as good, Big Ears has also announced the return of their complimentary bike rental service for all Big Ears patrons.
It's that time of year again and the 2016 Big Ears fest in Knoxville, Tennessee is upon us. A lineup has been announced for the festival, which takes place March 31 to April 2. On that list are John Luther Adams, Philip Glass, Vijay Iyer, Yo La Tengo and more. The festival is for the neo-classical and the avant-garde. As is customary with the festival, a Composer in Residence is given the most time over the course of 3 days. This year's is none other than the Pulitzer-prize winner John Luther Adams.
"If there was going to be music on the planet, I wanted to be involved." -- BRUCE BRUBAKER
For all the bogus boilerplate about how classical music is dead or even well-intentioned words regarding how she can stay breathing, precious few--performers, ensembles and institutions--are actually doing anything to change both conversation and prognosis. Moreover, when it comes to remounting baroque opera in our digi-epoch, fewer still have the informed perspective, due diligence and, well, cojones to really make a difference. Save for one R.B. Schlather, of course.
Founded by Philip Glass, Lisa Bielawa and Eleonor Sandresky in 1996, the MATA Young Composers Now! Festival strives to present emerging compositional talent sourced from across the globe. The 2015 edition at The Kitchen continues in that very tradition, featuring quite the varied array of exemplary young voices. So, with a nod to the spirit of MATA, itself, Classicalite has chosen three composers to speak with about that career-defining opportunity: a MATA commission. Our second entry comes care of U.K. composer Adam de la Cour, whose MATA-commissioned piece Corporate Talent Factors Next Top Idol! will premiere tonight as part of the "Bearthoven Buckshot" program performed by, well, Bearthoven. Our second composer extraordinaire is the UK's Adam de la Cour, whose MATA commissioned piece Corporate Talent Factors Next Top Idol! will premiere tonight as part of the "Bearthoven Buckshot" program performed by Bearthoven. Cour's bio reads "active as a vocalist, electric guitarist and clown" but his satire littered style of writing is really what's at the heart of his genius. A well rounded artist indeed, Cour has put in time with Michael Finnissy as well, learning the ways of the ways of the comic book artist. Below, we gain insight on how Cour's talents intertwine with the harsh realities of 2015's economic landscape.
Founded by Philip Glass, Lisa Bielawa and Eleonor Sandresky in 1996, the MATA Young Composers Now! Festival strives to present emerging compositional talent sourced from across the globe. The 2015 edition at The Kitchen continues in that very tradition, featuring quite the varied array of exemplary young voices. So, with a nod to the spirit of MATA, itself, Classicalite has chosen three composers to speak with about that career-defining opportunity: a MATA Fest commission. First, we chat with Chinese composer Wang Lu, a 2014 Guggenheim composer and pianist whose work Urban Inventory opened on Tuesday--as part of the "Curiouser and Curiouser" program, featuring performances of Lu's work by Sweden's Curious Chamber Players.
Perhaps you've needed to a good stretch during intermission at your favorite opera house--or maybe you've had the urge to go a bit further than that. "Lost in Thought," a production by composer Rolf Hind, is the world's first "mindfulness opera" and allows audiences to do yoga during performances.
Le Poisson Rouge will be presenting “Glass & Blood,” concert works from the bloodiest film scores by Philip Glass. The New York premiere of this show with include new suites from "Dracula," "Candyman" and "The Hours" for violin and piano. Michael Riesman will be on piano with Chase Spruill playing the violin. Riesman, a multi-talented composer, conductor, keyboardist and record producer, has also been the musical director of the world-renowned Philip Glass Ensemble since 1976. He has had a long-standing relationship with Philip Glass and has conducted the Oscar-nominated scores "Notes on a Scandal," "The Truman Show" and Martin Scorsese’s "Kundun." This concert comes at a perfect time, with Glass’s score for the 1992 film "Candyman" recently being released on vinyl. One Way Static announced this long-awaited vinyl pressing and started sending out a limited edition of copies to anxious fans in late October.
The album's stirring mix of imagery, techniques, atmospheres and rhythms speaks to a level of creative ambition worthy of the cellist's virtuosity, perhaps not surprising in a veteran of the Kronos Quartet's musical adventures.
The Dublin Guitar Quartet has released a new recording of Philip Glass' string quartets on their own Orange Mountain Music label. Glass is a heavyweight in minimal composition, yes, and The Dublin String Quartet Performs Philip Glass is a milestone for the foursome, a culmination of their reworkings and refinings of Glass' stringed transcriptions.
The glass will be shattered regarding who's the better minimalist--Steve Reich vs. Phil Glass--in Brooklyn, New York during a three-day performance at BAM's upcoming Next Wave Festival 2014. Alcohol will be served, too.