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Fri apr 25
1:00 pm

Carnegie Mellon School of Music Presents Philip Glass

Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts
5000 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213


Carnegie Mellon School of Music is proud to present composer Philip Glass. Mr. Glass will engage in a conversation about his music with faculty member Richard Randall as well as take questions from the audience. This event will conclude with the Matisse String Quartet performing Glass’ String Quartet No. 5.

This event is sold out - tickets are required

Philip Glass:

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Philip Glass is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School. In the early 1960s, Glass spent two years of intensive study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and while there, earned money by transcribing Ravi Shankar’s Indian music into Western notation. By 1974, Glass had a number of innovative projects, creating a large collection of new music for The Philip Glass Ensemble, and for the Mabou Mines Theater Company. This period culminated in Music in Twelve Parts, and the landmark opera, Einstein on the Beach for which he collaborated with Robert Wilson. Since Einstein, Glass has expanded his repertoire to include music for opera, dance, theater, chamber ensemble, orchestra, and film. His scores have received Academy Award nominations (Kundun, The Hours, Notes on a Scandal) and a Golden Globe (The Truman Show).  Symphony No. 7 and Symphony No. 8—Glass’ latest symphonies—along with Waiting for the Barbarians, an opera based on the book by J.M. Coetzee, premiered in 2005. In the past few years several new works were unveiled, including Book of Longing (Luminato Festival) and an opera about the end of the Civil War entitled Appomattox (San Francisco Opera). His Symphony #9 was completed in 2011 and was premiered by the Bruckner Orchestra in Linz, Austria on January 1, 2012 and his Symphony #10 received its European premiere in France on August 9th, 2013.   Teatro Real Madrid and the English National Opera commissioned Glass’s opera The Perfect American, about the death of Walt Disney, which premiered on January 22nd, 2013 while the Landestheater Linz premiered his opera Spuren de Verirrten on April 12th, 2013.  Upcoming projects include an opera based on Franz Kafka’s The Trial for Music Theatre Wales and a double piano concerto for Katia and Marielle Labèque.

The Matisse String Quartet:

The Matisse String Quartet was founded earlier this year as the Carnegie Mellon Honors String Quartet. As cultural ambassadors, the Matisse Quartet represents the School of Music through a variety of performances opportunities throughout the year. Some of these opportunities include playing along side the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as part of their Children’s Concerts at Heinz Hall and traveling to Qatar this spring to take part in Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s 10th Anniversary celebration. The Quartet is also participating in the Banff School Quartet Program. The Quartet is coached by faculty members David Harding and Noah Bendix-Balgley.

The Quartet is: Erica Richardson and Christopher Scherer, violin; Si Yu, viola; and Marlene Ballena, cello.