In any other season that weren't Philip Glass' 75th season, this period would seem extraordinary, but with all that has gone on this year, it would be forgivable to gloss over some of these upcoming events. This last week Einstein on the Beach started its world tour in Montpellier France, not far from its original birthplace in Avignon where it had its absolute premiere in 1976. In Holland, Robert McDuffie continues to conquer the world with his 70-something-'th performance of Glass' Violin Concerto No.2 with performances in Holland.
In 10 days, the Cincinnati Symphony, where Glass is composer-in-residence this season, will perform the world premiere of Glass' Cello Concerto No.2 "Naqoyqatsi" with Matt Haimovitz as soloist and under the direction of Ohio native Dennis Russell Davies.
At the same time, the Portland Opera, who scored a big success a couple seasons ago with Glass' opera Orphée which the company recorded with Orange Mountain Music, begins its run of performances of Glass' opera Galileo Galilei – which they also have plans to record.
The first week of April, the Los Angeles Philharmonic under John Adams will perform the West Coast premiere performances of Glass' Symphony No.9 – which will have its official CD release on April 10 (check Amazon).
Glass' chamber opera, In the Penal Colony, will have an extensive run in Australia, and Glass will have a short residency with the Metropolitan Museum in New York with a performance of chamber music with Tim Fain in the Temple Dendur (April 21), and a conversation with Glass and Chuck Close (April 17), and then Einstein on the Beach hits London in May.