Under the radar this past weekend were a couple performances of Glass' recent multimedia works. ICARUS: At the Edge of Time was performed at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia by the city's Youth Orchestra as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival. The piece will next be seen at the Seattle Science Festival with Brian Greene in attendence on June 6. Glass' other work of the kind (based on previously existing Glass music variously arranged for orchestra by Michael Riesman) was presented this past weekend with the Hartford Symphony under Carolyn Kuan.
AND THE WINNER IS: Einstein on the Beach was named (?) Best New Opera (double ??) by the Olivier Awards. The four-decade old opera was recognized after its recent London performances. It continues its perpetual tour, relatively speaking, having recently been presented in Hong Kong, next going to Melbourne Australia in July/August, and then Los Angeles in October.
THE BIG SUR BROOKLYN will host Philip Glass in the epicenter of hipster central, Williamsburg Brooklyn, in a performance celebrating the Henry Miller Library, one of the venues Glass at which has performed as part of his Days & Nights Festival.