Saturday, January 28, 2017

A symphony for his birthday

Philip Glass, marking his 80th birthday on Jan. 31 with the premiere of his Symphony No. 11 by Dennis Russell Davies and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz at New York’s Carnegie Hall, finds that his music is “always recognizably me. Not because I don’t try not to be me: I do try, and I fail all the time. The best thing for me is when I play a new piece and someone says, ‘Oh, it doesn’t sound like you.’ That, to me, is success,” the composer tells William Robin in an interview for The New York Times:

Glass, Maki Namekawa, Aaron Diehl, Timo Andres and eighth blackbird’s Lisa Kaplan will play his complete set of piano etudes at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Arts Center.