Pianist Christopher O’Riley has been sneaking Radiohead into the classical music world for years. As host of NPR’s child-musician showcase From the Top, he gets to pick the music that gets played during station breaks. Rather than Chopin preludes, O’Riley would draw up piano transcriptions of pop songs, which he’d then play without preannouncing. It’s [...]
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Philip Glass’s vision of hell has Orpheus and Eurydice being grilled about their love life by judges holding tea cups. It looks a lot like marriage counseling.
This probably wasn’t the point Glass wanted to get across in Orphée, presented this weekend by the Virginia Opera at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. Glass wrote [...]
It’s hard to think of a more unlikely pairing than Antonio Vivaldi and Philip Glass—perhaps the Justin Bieber-Kanye West collabo is up there—but when violinist Robert McDuffie called up his pal Glass and suggested the postmodern American composer write something based on the premodern Italian’s most famous concertos, Glass said sure. The inspiration, Vivaldi’s The [...]
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Prolific avant-garde composer Philip Glass will be dropping by the Corcoran Gallery of Art this evening at 6:30 to discuss his life, career, and four-decade friendship with Chuck Close, a tie in with the traveling exhibition Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration, which closes Sept. 26. In this, the second part [...]
Philip Glass has spent the last four decades as one of the most versatile, prolific, and adventurous composers in the world. His body of work includes more than 20 operas (Einstein on the Beach and The Voyage among them), and film scores ranging from The Hours to the Qatsi trilogy (unimaginable without his music) to [...]