Composer Philip Glass Coming to UVa. as Artist-in-Residence

Philip Glass will be the 2014 artist-in-residence at the University of Virginia from March 31 through April 2.

Photo courtesy Stewart Cohen

March 13, 2014

Philip Glass will be the 2014 artist-in-residence at the University of Virginia from March 31 through April 2.

Through his operas, symphonies and compositions for his own ensemble and his collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Glass has had a wide impact on the music world.

“Philip Glass is without a doubt America’s most famous living composer of classical music,” music critic Alex Ross wrote in The New Yorker. “In fact, he may be America’s only famous living composer of classical music.”

All of the events during the residency will take place on the UVa. Grounds, and – with the exception of the academic classes he will attend – will be free and open to members of the university and Charlottesville communities.

Events surrounding Glass’ visit will kick off before his arrival. Screenings of “Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts,” a 2007 documentary that describes a year in the life of the composer, and “The Truman Show,” the 1998 film starring Jim Carrey and featuring a soundtrack written and performed by Glass, will be held beginning at 5 p.m. on March 30 in the Newcomb Hall Theater.

On March 31 at 7 p.m., the New Music Ensemble, University Singers and Mobile Interactive Computer Ensemble will perform selections of Glass’ work in an “Ode to Glass” concert in Old Cabell Hall. A discussion with Glass on creativity and collaboration will follow.

On April 1, Glass will give a solo piano performance at 8 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall. All tickets have been reserved; those holding reservations may pick up their tickets in advance at the Arts Box Office in the lobby of the Drama Building at 109 Culbreth Rd., on weekdays from noon to 5 p.m.; or at the Old Cabell Hall box office between 7 and 7:45 p.m. on the night of the show. Any unclaimed tickets will be distributed on the Lawn outside of Old Cabell Hall 15 minutes before the show.

Glass’ music is often described as minimalist, though he describes himself as a “classicist” or as a composer of “music with repetitive structures.”

He has written works for the Philip Glass Ensemble (with which he still performs on keyboards), as well as operas; musical theater works; 10 symphonies; 11 concertos; solo works; chamber music, including string quartets and instrumental sonatas; and film scores.

Three of his film scores have been nominated for Academy Awards: “Kundun” (1997), “The Hours” (2002) and “Notes on a Scandal” (2006).

For information, call UVa.’s McIntire Department of Music at 434-924-3052.

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