2017–2018 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair
Philip Glass’s unique music has made him a cultural icon, reaching across generations and genres—even outside the world of music. He has collaborated with artists from every discipline—including choreographer Twyla Tharp, poet Allen Ginsberg, and filmmaker Martin Scorsese—and has fascinated opera, concert, dance, pop, and rock audiences for more than half a century.
Glass celebrates his 80th birthday year as the 2017–2018 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall. His visionary works—known for both hypnotic and dramatic structures and shape-shifting motifs—are landmarks of a mid-century compositional movement that pivoted from serialism and atonality towards a more direct and rhythmic style. At the heart of this residency are both Glass classics and premieres.
The Philip Glass Ensemble is joined by the San Francisco Girls Chorus for a performance of his groundbreaking masterpiece, Music with Changing Parts. Notable premieres include a new string quartet for the JACK Quartet, and arrangements by composer Nico Muhly of lesser-known Glass songs.
As Glass is one of the most frequently programmed composers of our time, orchestras from across the United States were invited to submit programs that place important works by the composer in illuminating contexts. Selected, in part, by Glass himself, two orchestras emerged with very compelling programs: the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony, both of which make their Carnegie Hall debuts this season. Conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performs Days and Nights in Rocinha, Glass’s colorfully scored, evocative tribute to a Rio de Janeiro favela known for its samba school. There’s also rhythmic fireworks in the Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra. The Pacific Symphony, led by Carl St.Clair, performs “Meetings Along the Edge” from Passages, a piece Glass recorded with sitar master Ravi Shankar. The orchestra also presents the New York premiere of The Passion of Ramakrishna, a work of quiet intensity and unforgettable power that pays tribute to the Hindu holy man.
CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS