Q2 Music presents Philip Glass Live in The Greene Space, plus Glass online festival

Q2 Music Presents
Music of Constant Change: A Philip Glass Festival


 Six-Day Celebration Includes Live Performance and Conversation with Philip Glass at The Greene Space
On Saturday, September 8 at 3pm

 Festival Runs Tuesday, September 4 through Sunday, September 9 on http://www.wqxr.org/q2music/glass

(NEW YORK, NY – August 21, 2012) – In honor of Philip Glass’ 75th birthday and Einstein on the Beach’s return to New York City, Q2 Music –WQXR’s online music station devoted to living composers – celebrates the iconic, paradigm-shifting composer with Music of Constant Change: A Philip Glass Festival.

The centerpiece of the festival takes place on Saturday, September 8 at 3pm, with Philip Glass: An Hour with Einstein presented in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, WQXR’s state-of-the-art, downtown broadcast and performance venue. Hailed as “the most fantastic spectacle…of the last half century” by Le Nouvel Observateur, Einstein on the Beach returns to BAM this fall as part of the institution’s 150th anniversary.

WQXR’s Terrance McKnight will host the live event and welcome special guest Philip Glass for a conversation about the mystery and enduring appeal of Einstein on the Beach, why he and director Robert Wilson opted for Einstein after considering Chaplin and Gandhi, how the production has evolved since its 1976 premiere, and his reflections on this milestone 75th birthday. This intimate concert with Glass and Einstein company members will also feature music and text highlights including the “Knee Plays.” Tickets are available at www.thegreenespace.org.

From Tuesday, September 4 through Sunday, September 9, Q2 Music will present an immersive survey of Glass’ recorded music, exclusive downloads, private and unreleased recordings, new and archival interviews/videos, blog posts from key collaborators, album reviews, and more. Highlights include birthday tributes from artists such as Brooklyn Rider, composer Nico Muhly and Kronos Quartet’s David Harrington, Orange Mountain Music label manager Richard Guérin’s Mixtape of previously unreleased Glass works, and a series of programs hosted by Helga Davis, a principal cast member in the upcoming BAM production of Einstein on the Beach. The entire festival program will stream at www.wqxr.org/q2music/glass.

Tickets are $20 and available at www.thegreenespace.org; a live video webcast will be available at www.thegreenespace.org and www.wqxr.org/q2music/glass.

“Philip Glass’s 75th anniversary year offers us a welcome opportunity to celebrate the incredible diversity and sustained impact of his music,” said Alex Ambrose, Producer of Q2 Music. “We could think of no better tie-in for our festival than the upcoming revival of Einstein on the Beach, a work so radical and groundbreaking at the time of its 1976 American premiere that listeners are still wrestling with its mysteries and recalling how their lives were forever changed.  Music of Constant Change celebrates all that Glass has given and continues to give.”

Music of Constant Change festival highlights include:

  • Glass Perspectives – A blog from key Glass colleagues, friends and collaborators offering their insights into appreciating his music.
  • Notes from the Beach Einstein on the Beach principal – and former Q2 host – Helga Davis will guest host each day of the festival, sharing a behind-the-scenes look at life on tour, audio excerpts recorded during the international performances, and a musical portrait of her own musical interests, passions, curiosities and observations.
  • From the Archives – Interviews with Philip Glass from across the entire New York Public Radio archives, including a “Meet the Composer” with Tim Page (1985) and an “Around New York” with John Schaefer (1995).
  • New York Now – A live recording from the composer’s April 2012 performance with violinist Tim Fain at the Met Museum.
  • New Sounds – Host John Schaefer explores his top 10 favorite Glass recordings.
  • Mixtapes – Label manager Richard Guerin shares previously unreleased Glass works.
  • #Glass75 – Listeners can tweet their birthday wishes and share their thoughts using Twitter hashtag #Glass75. Visit www.wqxr.org/q2music/glass to leave a personal birthday message for Glass and Q2 Music will play it during the festival!

The full festival calendar is available at www.wqxr.org/q2music/glass.

WHAT:                   Q2 Music presents Philip Glass: An Hour with Einstein
WHEN:                   Saturday, September 8 at 3pm
WHERE:                 The Greene Space
                        44 Charlton Street (at Varick Street)
                        New York, NY 10014
TICKETS:           $20, available at www.thegreenespace.org

Live Video Webcast: www.thegreenespace.org and www.q2music.org.

Q2 Music is WQXR’s online music station dedicated to contemporary classical composers, innovative ensembles, and vibrant, live performances from New York City's leading new music venues. Features include immersive festivals, insightful commentary from a diverse roster of hosts, in-depth interviews with trend-setting artists.  Q2 Music lives online at www.wqxr.org/q2music where you can find essential playlist info, on-demand audio and an upcoming schedule of events, and is accessible via the free WQXR App.

WQXR is New York City’s only all-classical music station, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. WQXR presents new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the New York Philharmonic, among other city venues. WQXR broadcasts essential shows such as the Metropolitan Opera Radio Saturday Matinee Broadcasts, the New York Philharmonic This Week on Thursday evenings, and the McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase on Wednesday evenings.  WQXR.org provides essential playlist info for online listening, as well as original content, host blogs, NYC cultural news, videos, and a free WQXR mobile App.

Glass’ 75th birthday season features performances and events across the globe encompassing every facet of the preeminent American composer’s decades-long career—opera, chamber music, orchestra music, dance, theatre works and more. Upcoming events include the return of Glass' first and most revered opera Einstein on the Beach and concludes with the World Premiere of The Perfect American, a new opera about the death of Walt Disney, in January 2013. The season also sees the release of a remix project featuring Beck and many others.

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