April, usually a quiet month in terms of music, the sort of stretch of the season when the weather is getting nice and the indoor seasons are winding down, has turned out to be a hotbed for music featuring Glass’ music.
All throughout the month Gidon Kremer’s Kremerata Baltica has been touring Glass’ music from Violin Concerto No.2, to the Double Concerto for Violin & Cello, and the Orphée Suite for chamber orchestra. Earlier this month, Symphony No.1 “Low” in New York and Violin Concerto No.1 in Scotland were of note but on the concert music front, the Australian premiere of the new Symphony No.11 in Brisbane is a particular highlight.
On the opera front, while THE PERFECT AMERICAN is about to bow in Chicago at the Opera Theater of Chicago, LA BELLE ET LA BETE this Thursday at Old Town Hall in New York with the Philip Glass Ensemble, HYDROGEN JUKEBOX in upstate New York, THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER of Usher in Seville Spain, SATYAGRAHA in Basel Switzerland, and very interestingly, EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH at the Theater Dortmund Germany making only the second production ever, and the first in decades, of the opera directed by someone other than Robert Wilson, in this case Kay Voges. Rounding it out is the rarely performed A MADRIGAL OPERA at National Sawdust in Brooklyn with Johnny Gandelsman, marking five Glass operas in the last week of April alone.
For complete listings of Philip Glass events check here at the PhilipGlass.com/events section.