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New York, NY (Symphony No.5 “Requiem, Bardo, Nirmanakaya”)
Philip Glass Symphony No. 5
Friday, May 19, 8pm
Saturday, May 20, 8pm
Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Downtown Voices, Trinity Youth Chorus, and NOVUS NY
Julian Wachner, conductor
Written to mark the turn of the millennium, Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 5 manifests Gustav Mahler’s opinion that “The symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything.” Glass draws from diverse spiritual wellsprings, including the Bible, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the Koran, Hindu scriptures, and West African traditions to create an epic narrative. The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Downtown Voices, and NOVUS NY combine their full forces to perform this all-embracing masterpiece.
“We synthesized a vocal text that begins before the world’s creation, passes through earthly life and paradise, and closes with a future dedication. We are looking at the moment of the millennium as a bridge between the past (represented by the Requiem and embodying the first nine movements up to the moment of Death), the present (the Bardo representing the “in between”), and culminating in Nirmanakaya (the future manifestation of enlightened activity).” —Philip Glass