ARTS Pick: Philip Glass

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Philip Glass completes a residency at UVA with a solo piano performance on Tuesday. Publicity image Philip Glass completes a residency at UVA with a solo piano performance on Tuesday. Publicity image
Philip Glass, lauded by musical scholars and misunderstood by the sugary, pop-saturated mainstream, is certainly one of the most famous contemporary American composers.   Eschewing the minimalist label that is easy to ascribe to his music, Glass refers to himself as a “classicist,” citing his formal training at Juilliard in harmony, counterpoint, and in key players like Bach and Mozart.
This weekend Glass brings his unique sonic vision to UVA’s McIntire Department of Music in a four day artist residency, culminating in a solo piano performance.  The prolific Baltimore native has garnered a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, the concert hall, and in film, surpassing genres and changing the discourse of modern music.  From an appearance on cousin Ira Glass’ wildly popular radio program “This American Life” and cartoon immortalization on “The Simpsons,” to scoring cerebral art house films like Koyaansqatsi, and collaborations with musical legends such as Leonard Cohen and Mick Jagger, Philip Glass has made an indelible mark on American culture.—Cassady Fernandez
Tuesday 4/1 Free, 8pm. Old Cabell Hall, UVA Grounds.  924-0311.

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