Heart of Glass

A musical innovator visits UM.

Back in 1965, a young Philip Glass learned the intricate techniques of Indian music from legendary sitar master Ravi Shankar. Enamored with those exotic Indian ragas, the Juilliard-trained Glass sought to apply traditional Eastern composition methods to his musical pieces – and became one of the leading figures of the emerging style known as minimalism.

More than 40 years later, Glass is considered one of the most influential composers of our time. His operas Einstein on the Beach and Akhnaten play to admiring audiences around the world, while his scores for films such as Martin Scorsese’s Kundun have earned him several Oscar nominations. The prolific artist just released the soundtrack for Cassandra’s Dream, Woody Allen’s latest, and will be on hand at the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall for two evenings showcasing his groundbreaking works. Tonight members of Florida Grand Opera will perform selected passages from his operas; tomorrow night features his eclectic piano compositions and a Q&A with the brilliant composer himself. Admission is free. For reservations, call 305-284-4940.
Wed., Feb. 6; Thu., Feb. 7, 2008

 
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