The Philip Glass Institute at The New School's College of Performing Arts will launch with a performance by The Philip Glass Ensemble and a panel discussion with Philip Glass; Lisa Bielawa, Composer-in-Residence and Chief Curator of the Philip Glass Institute; and Richard Kessler, Executive Dean of The New School’s College of Performing Arts. The event will also include a performance of an excerpt from Bielawa’s made-for-TV opera, Vireo, which will be workshopped for live performance at the institute in spring 2020.
The Philip Glass Ensemble (PGE) comprises the principal performers of the music of Philip Glass. In 1968, Glass founded the PGE in New York City as a laboratory for his music. Its purpose was to develop a performance practice to meet the unprecedented technical and artistic demands of his compositions. In pioneering this approach, the PGE became a creative wellspring for Glass, and its members remain inimitable interpreters of his work.
The artists of the PGE recognize their unique position in the history of music of the past half-century, and passing on that legacy is part of their practice. A deep dedication to educating the next generation of musicians is integral to the PGE's work, both on tour and as the Ensemble-in-Residence at The Philip Glass Institute at The New School.
Since that time, the members of the PGE are recognized as the premier performers of Philip Glass's compositions and continue to be an inspiration for new work. Over the past 30 years, the group has performed on four continents in some of the world's most prestigious music festivals and concert venues. They have been featured in Philip Glass's opera Einstein on the Beach as well as the music theater projects Hydrogen Jukebox, 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, The Photographer, La Belle et la Bête, and Monsters of Grace, and two full-length dance works: Dance (Lucinda Childs) and A Descent Into the Maelström (Australian Dance Theater). The Ensemble has had its widest exposure in the recordings and live performances of the soundtracks to Godfrey Reggio's trilogy of wordless films: Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi.
Visit www.philipglassensemble.com to learn more about The Philip Glass Ensemble.
The Philip Glass Ensemble is the exclusive performer of its repertoire. Philip Glass will not personally appear with the Ensemble unless otherwise noted on the tour calendar.
By special arrangement with Philip Glass and Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc.