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

Live from The Greene Space with Philip Glass and Members of Einstein on the Beach

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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!

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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.
Matthew Septimus
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.
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Philip Glass.
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'We do feel as though Philip is family,' says Joseph Melillo (left), executive producer of BAM.
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Helga Davis and Kate Moran.
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Philip Glass watches from the front row.
Charles Williams performs 'Knee Play 5' from Einstein on the Beach.

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Comments [10]

Vic from .

It must have been ~ it was
A lovely, intimate event in The Greene Space,
Einstein On The Beach...
I wish I had been there for that kiss.

& I wounder if the true irony in Einstein's life was ever addressed by Philip Glass in this opera. Einstein, in his life, was really a frustrated musician. & It was well know at Princeton University in humorous stories that Einstein, as a violinist, could not keep time.

Oct. 03 2012 03:36 PM
opusnumberken from Palm Springs, CA

I finally saw a performance in Toronto, I've loved the music since I began my music studies at Baylor University (1989) through my studies at Eastman (1995), the performance left me breathless, wanting more, never leaving my seat for 4.5 hours, and still it is not enough, I would give anything to see it again in Berkeley, unfortunately the performances are sold out, Einstein is the most beautiful experience I have ever had in this lifetime.

Sep. 19 2012 01:47 PM
Daniel Polowetzky from Kansas City

Glass's music seems to me to be the music that Frank Stella, Barnett Newman, or Kenneth Noland would compose.

Sep. 15 2012 11:21 PM
Daniela from Lisbon

Thank you!

Sep. 12 2012 07:00 PM
SteveM from NYC

Amazing performance. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Sep. 09 2012 04:57 PM

I would like to hear more Debussy and Jussey Beorling. If you can give me this pleasure; I would appreciate it. Thank you.

Sep. 08 2012 10:53 PM
Emily Ellsworth

What a gifted cast coming together for an amazing journey! Thanks for
this insightful, helpful broadcast. Can't wait for performances next week!

Sep. 08 2012 05:12 PM
Murph from NY

Tremendous broadcast on all accounts. A proper primer both in kind and in discussion before BAM next week. Bravo! Brava!

Sep. 08 2012 04:12 PM
Richard Green from Brooklyn, New York

I always wanted to hear Philip Glass and all of the cast speak about the meaning of this incredibly difficult work. Thank you so much for explaining it to us, I live in Brooklyn, and can't wait to see Robert Wilson's and everyone else's marvelous involvement in this historic work! Wow, a 5-hour Journey!

Sep. 08 2012 04:01 PM
Collin from Grand Rapids, MI

Thanks for the webcast! This is fantastic.

Sep. 08 2012 03:25 PM

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