Performances/Events // February 1 – 10, 2017

February 1 – 10, 2017

Glass at 80 features the extraordinary impact Philip Glass has had upon the musical and intellectual life of his time. Glass’s associations, personal and professional, with leading rock, pop and world music artists date back to the 1960s. February 1 – 10, 2017, in celebration of Glass’s 80th birthday, we will host and honor this iconic American artist through an international festival of performances across the spectrum of his prolific creative output and diverse artistic collaborations.


We’ve curated six performances featuring artists from around the world including four of Glass’s most important collaborators: singer-songwriter Laurie Anderson, the Kronos Quartet, choreographer Lucinda Childs and conductor Dennis Russell Davies.  We invite you to browse the music, theater, dance and multimedia presentations and start building your Glass at 80 festival experience.


Community Events

A Dedicated Artist: A Roundtable for Early-Career Artists with Philip Glass

Tuesday, February 7th at 2:00PM

A young artist’s career takes many unexpected turns. Philip Glass knows this well from his own journey. For this special event, Glass will join early-career artists from across the Triangle to talk about careers, collaboration, and challenges: both his and–even more importantly – theirs. The group of students and young professionals from across music, theater, dance, film and the visual arts will sit down with Glass for this in-depth discussion. Attendance at this event is by invitation only, but everyone can still participate: submit your questions ahead of time on Carolina Performing Arts’ Facebook page, and then check back during the event to watch on our Facebook Live stream.

Are you an early-career artist who would benefit from this conversation with Philip Glass? Submit your application to join this event.

Apply Here


Parts of My World
Part I: Philip Glass on the collaborations that have fueled his work

Wednesday, February 8th at 7:00PM
Location TBA

Philip Glass draws inspiration from a wide array of musicians, visual artists, choreographers, filmmakers and fellow creators. His work shows the influence of many collaborators. As Glass put it recently, “They became part of my world.” Join us for a special evening with Philip Glass sharing the many ways other artists impacted his work. Glass will discuss the worlds of Juilliard in the 1950s, and the New York downtown art scene of the ’60s and ’70s where dancers, composers, musicians and artists all interacted. Sharing his thoughts on a long multidisciplinary career, Glass will reflect on the many artists featured across the Glass at 80 festival.

Parts of my World
Part II: Philip Glass & Laurie Anderson on their friendship, collaboration and the future

Thursday, February 9th at 4:30PM
Location TBA

For decades, Philip Glass and artist Laurie Anderson have crossed paths, collaborated and become good friends. Before they perform together to close out the Glass at 80 festival, they will sit down to discuss why their work intersected so well in the avant-garde art world of 1970s New York. Sharing their reflections on this hotbed of artistic ideas, Glass and Anderson talk about their many collaborations with artists of all types. They will also speculate on the future, discussing what they see as exciting and important ideas for young artists going forward.

From the Blog

Glass at 80 Preview

Glass at 80 takes place Feb. 1st to Feb. 10th, 2017 and is a celebration of the music of Philip Glass, whose 80th birthday is on Jan. 31st, 2017. Glass will be in residence on the UNC campus for the duration of the 10-day festival performing, lecturing, and discussing the impact of his work. He…Read More >