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National Medal of Arts Video & Transcript

“We honor musicians like Philip Glass. Like his own life like a New York City Juilliard trained cab driver, Philip’s work is filled with contradictions that cross genres and cultures. ¬†When the music he made strayed from neat conventions audiences didn’t know always how to react. I understand that there have been some eggs thrown occasionally. But as Philip says what seems strange or bizarre for any short period of time starts becoming familiar. Whatever artistic rewards or secrets it might have, become revealed.¬†Change isn’t easy. But over his career of symphonies and operas and film scores Philip Glass has proven that change can be beautiful.” President Barack Obama, 9/22/16 Video of Award Ceremony

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