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Iconic BAM Artists

Philip Glass

Philip Glass, one of America's most celebrated composers, applied his musical encounters in India, North Africa, and the Himalayas to his own compositions and, by 1974, had created a large body of work in a distinct idiom. His early music inspired pieces by the Mabou Mines theater company, which he co-founded; he later formed his own performing group, the Philip Glass Ensemble. This period reached its apogee with Einstein on the Beach, a landmark in 20th-century music-theater presented at BAM's 1984 Next Wave Festival (and revived in 1992 and now again in 2012). Glass' work since that groundbreaking piece has included opera, film scores, dance music, symphonic work, string quartets, and unclassifiable work such as The Photographer/Far From the Truth (BAM, 1983) and 1000 Airplanes on the Roof. Glass has a rich performing history at BAM, including the world premieres of Low Symphony (1992) and Symphony No. 2 (1994); revivals of Einstein on the Beach in 1984 and 1992; The CIVIL warS, Act V-The Rome Section in 1986; the New York premieres of Orphée (1993) and La Belle et la Bête (1994), and a presentation of Les Enfants Terrible: Children of the Game (1996)-all parts of his operatic trilogy based on the work of Jean Cocteau; 1998's Monsters of Grace; a live musical performance accompanying a screening of Koyaanisqatsi (1999); and 1999's Dracula: The Music and Film, featuring the Kronos Quartet. Both Koyaanisqatsi and Dracula were reprised for the Philip on Film series at BAM in Spring 2000, alongside Anima Mundi and Powaqqatsi. Glass collaborated with director Mary Zimmerman for the opera Galileo Galilei, presented as part of the 20th anniversary season of the Next Wave Festival (2002). Glass' most recent work at BAM included the collaborative concert work Orion, and a program featuring Symphony No. 6 and No. 8-all part of the 2005 Next Wave Festival.

Performance History
Philip Glass at BAM
The Red Horse
May 6—9, 1976
Lucinda Childs, Philip Glass & Sol Lewitt: Dance
Nov 29—Dec 2, 1979
Nov 6—15, 1981
Oct 4—16, 1983
Mad Rush
Oct 27—30, 1983
Einstein on the Beach
Dec 11—23, 1984
Geologic Moments
Nov 5—8, 1986
the CIVIL warS, Act V--The Rome Section
Dec 14—30, 1986
Mishima Quartet, performed by the Kronos Quartet
Nov 14—16, 1986
Hydrogen Jukebox
May 7—12, 1991
Glass Reflections
Nov 13—14, 1992
Oct 27—Nov 1, 1993
Mirror Images
Oct 14—15, 1994
La Belle et la Bête
Dec 7—11, 1994
Les Enfants Terribles: Children of the Game
Nov 20—24, 1996
A work in progress, performed by the Kronos Quartet
Oct 22, 1998
Einstein on the Beach
Nov 19—23, 1992
Monsters of Grace
Dec 9—20, 1998
Jan 16, 1999
Dracula: the Music and Film
Oct 26—27, 1999
Philip on Film
Mar 21—26, 2000
Symphony No. 5: Requiem, Bardo, Nirmanakaya
Oct 4—7, 2000
Galileo Galilei
Oct 1—5, 2002
Symphony No. 6 (Plutonian Ode) and Symphony No. 8
Nov 2—5, 2005
Oct 4—8, 2005
Nov 18—21, 2009
Einstein on the Beach
Sep 14—23, 2012
Philip Glass at BAM
Einstein on the Beach 2012 Official Trailer
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Einstein on the Blog
Wed, Jul 11, 2012
Tue, May 29, 2012
Fri, Jan 20, 2012
What is Einstein on the Beach?
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The Executive Files: the first Next Wave show
Joe Melillo reminisces about producing Glass's The Photographer: Far From the Truth for the first Next Wave Festival in 1983.

Philip Glass' website