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Lots Going On in May…

I found out too late, but the Royal Winnipeg Ballet produced four nights of the Tharp/Glass ballet "IN THE UPPER ROOM"  That work continues to be very popular being propduced in my estimation, at least a couple times a season worldwide.  That adds up to a lot of positive impressions over 25 years.  It's going next to Tokyo.

The Childs/Glass/LeWitt collaboration DANCE continues its trek across California, and Glass's solo recital was reviewed by Sequenza 21.

The Theater in Trier Germany kicked off a run of performances of THE VOYAGE on Friday. As part of a tour which is bringing Glass across Europe this month, there's a Philip Glass Festival in Zurich which includes Glass performing piano and chamber music, Michael Riesman performing GLASS FILM MUSIC with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and a performance of Glass's chamber opera based on Kakfa, IN THE PENAL COLONY.

Later this month, Fort Worth Opera produces HYDROGEN JUKEBOX in a repertory setting, which should be interesting.  The TIROL CONCERTO will be performed in South Korea. And a key event for me, the NY Premiere of HEROES SYMPHONY as part of Wordless Music Series.

This last premiere is an interesting one. The archives had no record of the Heroes Symphony ever being performed in NY, but certain people recalled having heard it in NY.  How could this be?  The symphony was in fact commission for a recording.  The work was rehearsed at the Masonic Temple on 23rd street and a prviate audience including Glass and Bowie were in attendance. Then the work was recorded in the studio. But it turns out that it was never performed in public.  Wordless Music found a gem in scheduling it.

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