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New York, NY (MUSIC IN 12 PARTS – 50th Anniversary)

May 25

Saturday, May 25, 2024 • 6:00pm                      

Philip Glass premiered Music in Twelve Parts at Town Hall in 1974.

The Town Hall is honored to present the fiftieth anniversary of the Philip Glass Ensemble’s groundbreaking premiere of “Music in Twelve Parts.” Debuted at The Town Hall on May 25th, 1974, “Music in Twelve Parts” is one of Philip Glass’s most revered compositions. Clocking in at over four hours, “Music in Twelve Parts” is an immersive live experience of Glass’s earliest explorations in repetition. Join The Town Hall and the Philip Glass Ensemble in celebrating half a century of this landmark composition and the continuation of the Hall’s relationship with the legendary ensemble. Due to the program’s length, there will a one hour dinner intermission at 8pm and one 15 minute break in each half.

“Music in Twelve Parts, written by Philip Glass between 1971 and 1974, is a deliberate, encyclopedic compendium of some techniques of repetition the composer had been evolving since the mid 1960s. It holds an important place in Glass’s repertory – not only from a historical vantage point (as the longest and most ambitious concert piece for the Philip Glass Ensemble) but from a purely aesthetic standard as well, because Music in Twelve Parts is both a massive theoretical exercise and a deeply engrossing work of art.” – Tim Page

The entire set is over four hours long plus three intermissions: two short ones, lasting 15 minutes, and a “dinner intermission” that is 75 minutes long.

6:00PM -6:50PM: Parts 1, 2, 3 

Intermission: 15 minutes

7:05PM -8:00PM: Parts 4, 5, 6 

Dinner Break: 1 hour

9:00PM -9:50PM: Parts 7, 8, 9 

Intermission: 15 minutes

10:05PM -11:00PM: Parts 10, 11, 12

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Tickets start at $68


Presented by:
The Town Hall Presents            




May 25