As ViolinFest continues on WQXR, Symphony Hall this week is featuring works written exclusively for strings. Tonight we spotlight two American composers who made their names as minimalists. The program begins with John Adams's Shaker Loops, 1978 work originally written for string septet and later expanded into a version for full orchestra. Also featured is Philip Glass's Symphony No. 3, a 1995 piece composed for the 19 string players of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and designed to treat every musician as a soloist.
John Adams - Shaker Loops
Philip Glass - Symphony No. 3