Philip Glass is a heavyweight of contemporary minimalism. Alongside auteurs like Steve Reich and John Cage, Glass is, simply put, one of the biggest, boldest names in 20th century music.
Much like the aforementioned peers-in-experimentation, his ouvre delicately (and delightfully) blurs the line between the colloquially dubbed "Classical" genre and that of the cutting edge avant-garde.
His legacy is mighty: a graduate of the University of Chicago and Julliard, Glass honed his chops in the '60s under the tutelage of Nadia Boulanger, and while transcribing the works of Ravi Shankar into Western notation. By 1974 he was leading an eponymously named ensemble, and producing his landmark works Music In Twelve Parts and the opera Einstein on The Beach.
From that point on, Glass never slowed, pumping out concertos, operas and film scores (The Truman Show, The Hours, and The Illusionist, amongst others) and scooping up a flurry of awards - at the Golden Globes, Grammys, and Oscars - and accolades along the way.
His performance on the 17th will feature a broad swath of now-revered compositions for solo acoustic piano dating back to 1976, as well as his most recent Etudes, making this an excellent performance for newcomers and loyal fans alike.
Philip Glass, presented by the Rhythm Foundation. Thursday, March 17. New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $51.50 to $76.50 via nws.edu. Call 305-672-5202 or visit rhythmfoundation.com.