On-Demand Video: Philip Glass: An Hour with Einstein

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The Robert Wilson and Philip Glass collaboration Einstein on the Beach, An Opera in Four Acts, is widely recognized as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 20th century.

As the production returns to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) this fall as part of the institution’s 150th anniversary, Q2 Music presented on September 8 at 3 pm a live videocast of highlights from the music and text of Einstein on the Beach, including the Knee Plays, along with a conversation between composer Philip Glass, company members and WQXR host Terrance McKnight.

Performers included violinist Jennifer Koh; featured performers Helga Davis, Kate Moran and Charles Williams; sopranos Lisa Bielawa, Lindsay Kesselman and Melanie Russell; mezzo-sopranos Hai-Ting Chinn, Kate Maroney and Solange Merdinian; tenors Philip Anderson, Tomás Cruz and John Kawa; baritone Gregory R. Purnhagen; basses Joe Damon Chappel and Jason Charles Walker; and music director Michael Riesman.

Philip Glass: An Hour with Einstein is part of Q2 Music's Music of Constant Change: A Philip Glass Festival from September 4-9, 2012. This six day celebration of Glass's 75th birthday includes an immersive survey of his recorded music, blog posts from key collaborators, new and archival interviews, exclusive downloads and a daily show with Einstein's own Helga Davis. Learn more, listen in and join us in celebration!

Musical director Michael Riesman leads the Philip Glass Ensemble with Helga Davis and Kate Moran in 'Knee Play 1' from <em>Einstein on the Beach</em> in the Greene Space on Sept. 8, 2012.
Musical director Michael Riesman leads the Philip Glass Ensemble with Helga Davis and Kate Moran in 'Knee Play 1' from Einstein on the Beach in the Greene Space on Sept. 8, 2012. ( Matthew Septimus )
Musical director Michael Riesman.
Musical director Michael Riesman. ( Matthew Septimus )
Playing the part of Einstein, violinist Jennifer Koh performs 'Knee Play 2' from <em>Einstein on the Beach</em>.
Playing the part of Einstein, violinist Jennifer Koh performs 'Knee Play 2' from Einstein on the Beach. ( Matthew Septimus )
Philip Glass talks with host Terrance McKnight.
Philip Glass talks with host Terrance McKnight. ( Matthew Septimus )
Philip Glass.
Philip Glass. ( Matthew Septimus )
'We do feel as though Philip is family,' says Joseph Melillo (left), executive producer of BAM.
'We do feel as though Philip is family,' says Joseph Melillo (left), executive producer of BAM. ( Matthew Septimus )
Helga Davis and Kate Moran.
Helga Davis and Kate Moran. ( Matthew Septimus )
Philip Glass watches from the front row.
Philip Glass watches from the front row. ( Matthew Septimus )
Charles Williams performs 'Knee Play 5' from <em>Einstein on the Beach</em>.
Charles Williams performs 'Knee Play 5' from Einstein on the Beach.
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