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Glass at 80 Preview

// Oct 12,2016

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 has written for orchestra, chamber ensembles, dance, opera, theater and film, and was one of the most important voices in the advent of minimalist music.  His associations with leading artists including Twyla Tharp, Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen and David Bowie date back to the 1960s. Four of Glass’ main collaborators will be joining us – Laurie Anderson, Lucinda Childs, Dennis Russell Davies and the Kronos Quartet. Glass is the first composer to win a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, concert hall, dance world, cinema and popular music simultaneously. Festival highlights also include Heroes Tribute: A Celebration of the Music of Philip Glass, David Bowie and Brian Eno featuring musicians from Grammy-award winning Indie Rock label Merge Records on Feb. 3 and The Complete Piano Etudes on Feb. 6 featuring 10 pianists each performing 2 etudes.

“Philip Glass is one of the most influential composers of the 20th century,” said Emil Kang, CPA’s executive and artistic director, “we’re honored to be presenting the definitive celebration of his 80th birthday.”