Performance Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Three Generations: Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich

Zankel Hall
Music of Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich is featured in a performance that’s part of Three Generations, a Reich-curated exploration of the changing direction of concert music from the mid-20th century to the present day. Chant-like melodic lines and notes resembling ringing bells are Pärt hallmarks, while Glass’s incandescent String Quartet No. 5 juxtaposes rhythmically propulsive passages with slower, tender ones. Reich’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Different Trains is a riveting work in which strings imitate the sounds of speech samples drawn from recorded interviews and train sounds. This powerful musical documentary speaks to the composer’s childhood and the tragic experience of Jews in 1940s Europe.


  • Elizabeth Lim-Dutton, Violin
  • Todd Reynolds, Violin
  • Lois Martin, Viola
  • Jeanne Le Blanc, Cello
  • Michael Brown, Piano


  • ARVO PÄRT Für Alina
  • ARVO PÄRT Fratres
  • PHILIP GLASS String Quartet No. 5
  • STEVE REICH Different Trains
  • Performance includes a discussion with Steve Reich and Nadia Sirota, host of Q2 Music's Meet the Composer podcast


STEVE REICH Different Trains (“After the War”)
David Robertson, Conductor | Orchestre National de Lyon

Public support for Three Generations is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Part of Three Generations, curated by Steve Reich.
Steve Reich is the holder of the 2016—2017 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall.
This performance is part of Fast Forward.