Notes from the Beach with Einstein's Helga Davis

Streaming at 11 am (repeats 9 pm) on Q2 Music from September 4-9

Friday, August 31, 2012


About a week ago I got on the subway at 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue and saw it — the advertisement for Einstein on the Beach which will be part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival. I recognize the photograph from "Knee Play No. 3," the two characters punch at single light forms with their fingers. It's an image that repeats itself later on in the "Spaceship" scene. There it was, on the left, the back of my head! I giggle, and then, I cry.

Next week, from September 4-9, I'll be back at Q2 Music hosting a new hour-long show called "Notes from the Beach" that will feature sounds and stories from this magnificent production. I'll also be doing a special pairing, like Glass and Wilson themselves, of Bach and Shostakovich preludes and fugues that i'm sure you'll love. The week's culminating event will take place in The Greene Space on Saturday, September 8 at 3 pm when Philip Glass, members of the Philip Glass Ensemble and the Einstein chorus perform excerpts from the show and talk shop with WQXR's Terrance McKnight.

It has been an incredible nine months. Read more about our Philip Glass festival, be part of our upcoming live videocast, and tune in each day at 11 am to listen to the show. If you miss it, you can catch the morning's show repeated at 9 pm.

See you at the Beach!


On-demand audio of each show will be available for the two weeks following the first airing. 

Show #1: September 4, 2012

Show #2: September 5, 2012

Show #3: September 6, 2012

Show #4: September 7, 2012

Show #5: September 8, 2012

Show #6: September 9, 2012

Hosted by:

Helga Davis


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Comments [3]

Vic from .

Dear Helga,
I very much enjoyed your performance in, Einstein On The Beach ~ We were there at BAM on September 21.
& While watching, I experienced a space~time shift...During the train first, The Train seemed to be moving ever so slowly_ _ _ _
Then, suddenly, it seemed to be rushing at great speed _ _ _ _ _
& me, right along with it _ _ _ _ _ _ But _ _ _ _ _ _
I must admit, I was unable to sit through the entire show. I took 1 break for water, & to stretch my legs...As I'm sure you know, there's not much leg room in the seating at BAM _ Mezzanine, Row C, Seat 10.
In your part, did you memorize a series of numbers as words_ "four hundred twenty one", "seventeen", "nine", or as integers_ "421", "17", "9". (Somehow, in the performance, I heard a place for the word, the number > "Nine", "9", "nein" > but, "no", in the music "8" count, it never came.)
Now, this has been my first opportunity to listen to the Philip Glass Festival in the Q2 archives...& I'm listening straight through to your, Notes From The Beach... Great Hours...
All the Best, & Best regards
Ciao, bella ~

"Brava" for selecting Dominic Frasca's..."Forced Entry"

Oct. 03 2012 10:44 PM
Celeste Adams from Ann Arbor, MI

Helga: This sounds so great! So happy you had the opportunity to do these recordings. Einstein is amazing and truly moving and I can't wait to see it again for one of it's upcoming showings. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

P.S. I hope you don't get stuck in any more bathrooms again!

Sep. 07 2012 10:27 PM
Sharon Bridgforth from San Francisco

I LOVE this show!! I am so grateful for the opportunity to for insights/experiences/the generous sharing offered here!

Sep. 05 2012 01:00 PM

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