Composer and pianist Philip Glass returns to Emory's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts September 27 at 8 p.m. for "An Evening of Chamber Music featuring Philip Glass and Tim Fain." Glass is joined by Tim Fain (violin), a mesmerizing new presence on the music scene, to perform Glass' own compositions for theater and concert hall.
The program opens with Glass performing "Mad Rush," a work for solo piano commissioned by Radio Bremen and originally composed for organ, followed by "Chaconne" from "Partita for Solo Violin in Seven Movements," written specifically for Fain following the tour of Glass' "The Book of Longing" in which Fain played solo violin.
The second half of the program includes music from "The Screens," the final stage work by French playwright Jean Genet. "The Screens" premiered in Paris in 1966 and was an instant theatrical explosion, complete with rioting and gendarmerie. Glass' works were written in collaboration with the West African Mandigo Griot, Muso Susa, for a 1989 production of the play at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and will be performed at Emory by Glass and Fain. Following music from "The Screens" Glass performs "Wichita Vortex Sutra" an excerpt from his first collaboration with Allen Ginsberg, "Hydrogen Jukebox." "Wichita Vortex Sutra" (1966) is Ginsberg's poetic reflection on the anti-war mood of the 1960s.
Philip Glass Residency at Emory University
Glass comes to Emory as part of a three-day residency during which he will interact with Emory students and faculty, and participate in two additional public events. On Wednesday, September 25 at 2:30 p.m., Glass discusses composition and creativity with Emory Director of Orchestral Studies Dr. Richard Prior in a Creativity Conversation at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.
Later that evening, Glass will attend a film screening of Paul Schrader's "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters," notable as Glass' first composition for electric guitar. Glass will introduce the film and its score as part of a special screening by the Emory Cinematheque Film Series at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall 205 (201 Dowman Drive, 30322). Both events are free and open to the public.
Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his time. Glass has written music for opera, experimental theater, and Academy Award-winning films. His collaborations with leading rock, pop, and world music artists date back to the 1960s. Indeed, Glass is the first composer to win a wide, multigenerational audience simultaneously in the opera house, concert hall, dance world, film and popular music.
Glass has been hailed as "[t]he most powerful composer of our time," by The Daily Telegraph. "What Glass is doing is changing the face of music for our time and all time."
Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning violinist Tim Fain was selected as one of both "Symphony" and "Strad" magazine's featured "Up-and-Coming" musicians, and was heard as the sound of Richard Gere's violin in Fox Searchlight's film "Bee Season," and, most recently seen on screen and heard on the Grammy nominated sound track of the hit film "Black Swan."
"An Evening of Chamber Music with Philip Glass and Tim Fain" is part of the 2013-2014 Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series. Single concert tickets are $65. Details about the concert and the entire Candler Concert Series can be found at arts.emory.edu/candler.
Candler Concert Series
Each year the Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series brings internationally renowned artists to Emory University's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The series is made possible by a generous gift from the late Flora Glenn Candler, a friend and patron of music at Emory University.