It seems summer is already here. Here in New York, we know it has arrived when the already foul air becomes thicker and fouler, and people somehow get excited for summer Mozart after a the regular season of playing almost nothing but Mozart.
For those of you with the means, I can think of fewer better ideas than escaping the city, Mozart, and heading to one of the truly natural beauties of the world, Big Sur California, and dropping by Carmel for Philip Glass' Days & Nights Festival.
In many ways this period is the calm before the storm. Glass is currently working on two operas, the first is called "The Lost" and will open the new Linz Opera house which you can see here under construction.
The second, "The Perfect American" about the life and death of Walt Disney, doesn't have many details announced. I speculate that it will be something of a departure from the Jungk novel. These are the large works which will appear over the next year and a half as we know that the Ninth and Tenth symphonies have been completed, the former being premiered in Linz six months from today, then at Carnegie Hall 30 days later. No word on a premiere of the Tenth.
I did notice that Dennis Russell Davies has programmed "Low" Symphony with the Basel Symphony in the upcoming season, where he is also Chefdirigent. While New York will be the best place to be for the festivities over the next 18 months with premieres of the Partita, Satyagraha revived at the Met Opera, Einstein on the Beach at BAM, Koyaanisqatsi with the NY Phil, solo performances and other BIG and COOL things which are not yet announced other music capitals will also be rich with Glass music events so stay tuned.
I hope everyone has a happy Fourth wherever you are.