After more than five decades, Philip Glass continues to be at the forefront of contemporary music and art. Over the years, he has earned money by transcribing Ravi Shankar’s Indian music into Western notation, has earned Academy Award nominations with his film scores and has worked with all manner of fascinating visual artists including Sol LeWitt. Glass’ prolific catalogue includes 25 operas, 11 symphonies, 13 concertos, eight string quartets, 35 film scores, dozens of works for theater and ballet and many works of chamber music including two books of piano etudes.
The performance at PEM on Thursday, June 22nd is a rare Glass appearance in the Boston-area in over a decade and what is likely to be his only piano performance in this area during his 80th birthday concert season.
Sometimes I write a piece of music to get warmed up before writing another piece of music, just to get going,” says Glass. “Sometimes I do it to avoid the piece I’m supposed to be writing. These pieces for solo strings seem like something I like to do. I do it without being paid, or without being asked!
Presented as part of PEM’s Present Tense Initiative, the evening will feature a pre-concert discussion about creativity, collaboration and commerce with Philip Glass and Richard Guerin. This program is made possible in part by Jane and Neil A. Pappalardo and the Present Tense Initiative Fund. This program has garnered a great amount of excitement. So much in fact, that tickets for the event have sold out! Please contact our reservations line at 978-542-1511 to get up-to-the-minute ticket availability information or to be added to the wait list.
Richard Guérin is the label manager for
Orange Mountain Music, Philip Glass’ record label,
since 2006, working in Salem, Mass since 2012.