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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
Gerrard Hall

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 & Kronos Quartet’s David Harrington on their friendship, collaboration and the future

Thursday, February 9th at 4:30PM (Seating begins at 4PM)
Ackland Art Museum

*Due to a major snowstorm in the northeast, Laurie Anderson is unable to participate in today’s lecture. This does not impact the Fri., Feb 10th performance by Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson. The Friday, Feb. 10th performance is scheduled to go on as planned. Any updates or changes will be posted immediately to CPA’s website, Twitter and Facebook pages.  Please contact CPA’s Ticket Services Office at 919-843-3333 with any questions.

For more than 40 years the Kronos Quartet has pursued a singular artistic vision combining fearless exploration with a continual re-imagining of the string quartet experience. One of the most lionized groups of our time, Kronos has released more than 50 recordings of uncommon breadth and creativity, collaborated with the most intriguing and accomplished composers and performers, and commissioned more than 850 works and arrangements.

“Philip has added immensely to the culture of contemporary music because he’s open to new ideas and shares his enthusiasms with real generosity,” Kronos founding member Harrington said. “With Kronos and Philip, it has been a back-and-forth relationship. He introduced us to the Gambian kora player Foday Musa Suso and we introduced him to the Chinese pipa player Wu Man. All of these musical explorations have enriched our palette as a quartet – and they show up in his music, too. It has been a remarkable relationship for all of us.”

Before tonight’s  performance of the Glass composed score to the 1931 classic Dracula,  Glass and Harrington will sit down to share their reflections on their decades long relationship and their many collaborations over the years. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to listen to two musical giants share their thoughts on the future, and what they see as exciting and important ideas for young artists going forward.

Carolina Performing Arts thanks the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute for their support.
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An Intro to Philip Glass by Alex Ross

When Philip Glass was studying at the University of Chicago, in the nineteen-fifties, he formed a music-listening club with several friends, one of whom was the future astronomer Carl Sagan. As Glass relates in his recent memoir, Words Without Music, the group made a particular study…Read More >

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 >