Friday, September 16, 2011

Philip Glass to Be Inducted Into Classical Hall of Fame

Philip Glass portrait by Chuck Close
"Philip Glass, one of America’s most famous living composers, will be inducted into the Cincinnati-based American Classical Music Hall of Fame in a special ceremony in Music Hall on Oct. 1. Glass, who is one of three creative directors overseeing the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra season this year, will be in town for the premiere of his Concerto Fantasy for two Timpanists and Orchestra.....Glass, who is celebrating his 75th birthday year, has made an extraordinary impact upon the musical and intellectual life of our time. In the ’70s, he composed a large collection of new music for his performing group, the Philip Glass Ensemble, and for the Mabou Mines Theater Company, which he co-founded. This period culminated in Music in Twelve Parts, followed by the landmark opera, Einstein on the Beach in 1976. Since Einstein, Glass has expanded his repertoire to include music for opera, dance, theater, chamber ensemble, orchestra, and film. His score for Martin Scorsese’s Kundun received an Academy Award nomination while his score for Peter Weir’s The Truman Show won him a Golden Globe." [Source]