FirstWorks to Welcomg Philip Glass and Tim Fain in February
FirstWorks announced today that Philip Glass, the history-making American master composer, will perform his own compositions in "An Evening of Chamber Music" featuring violinist Tim Fain. The performance, taking place on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 7:30 P.M. at Veterans Memorial Auditorium (The Vets) is part of FirstWorks' 2015 "Artistic Icons" series, presenting artists whose work has dramatically influenced the fields of music, dance and theatre. This rare appearance in Providence pairs Glass with rising star Tim Fain, one of the few soloists for whom Glass has ever composed.
Glass, who has been described as a composer who changed "the face of music for our time and all time" by The Daily Telegraph, shot to fame in the 1970s for composing austere, reductive music with repetitive patterns. Through his operas, symphonies, compositions for his own ensemble, and his collaborations with influential artists ranging from Twyla Thorpe to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his time. Influencing not just the way we hear, but the way we think-Glass is both the energetic center of the New York City music scene and a world-renowned artist.
As with all FirstWorks programs, Glass and Fain will also interact with local-area high school and university students through workshops and master classes in a multi-day FirstWorks Arts Learning residency. In addition to the February 25 concert at The Vets, public opportunities to engage with Glass will include an "Artist-Up-Close" conversation led by RISD Professor and Dean of Liberal Arts, Daniel Cavicchi, taking place at RISD Auditorium on Feb. 26, 2015 at 4:30 P.M. Glass will also be on-hand that evening to introduce the Brown University Orchestra in a concert featuring his compositions. Full residency details TBA.
"FirstWorks is thrilled to bring an experience to Providence audiences that would typically require a trip to a major metropolitan center like New York City" said FirstWorks Executive Artistic Director Kathleen Pletcher. "Glass is a game-changer-and we're introducing his intellect and artistry to our community on an intimate level."