Date(s) - 07/20/2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center
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“The most powerful composer of our time” (Daily Telegraph) performs in chamber setting with harpist Lavinia Meijer and cellist Matt Haimovitz. While Glass’s blend of interlocking rhythms and sophisticated sonorities has often been associated with orchestral and opera contexts, his music is at its most immediate and emotional in the hands of the world’s great soloists and chamber musicians, whose approaches imbue the material with further levels of depth and character. Glass himself has recorded and performed extensively as a solo pianist, and both of the other artists on these nights have cultivated a strong affinity for his work.
South Korean-born harpist Meijer is a multiple award-winner whose 2012 Channel Classics release devoted to the music of Glass, Metamorphosis / The Hours, was certified platinum and topped the rock charts in her adopted home of the Netherlands. Her 2016 recording for Sony Classical, The Glass Effect: The Music of Philip Glass, features her interpretations of the composer’s etudes for solo piano.
Mentored by Itzhak Perlman and Zubin Mehta, Israeli-American cellist Haimovitz has shaken conservative classical conventions by taking his brilliant playing to rock clubs and other unconventional venues. His 2013 CD with Dennis Russell Davies and the Cincinnati Symphony, Cello Concerto No. 2, is an arrangement of Glass’s score to the Godfrey Reggio film Naqoyqatsi, and the cellist recently released the world premiere recording of Glass’s Partita No.2 for Solo Cello.
Easily one of the most prolific and influential artists of the modern age, Philip Glass rose to prominence as one of the so-called “minimalist” composers in the late 1960s along with Steve Reich, Terry Riley, and LaMonte Young. His seminal long-form composition Music in 12 Parts, revolutionary electric chamber opera Einstein on the Beach, and score to Godfrey Reggio’s groundbreaking 1983 film Koyaanisqatsi brought his singular approach to the mainstream. Glass’ current work encompasses solo piano, symphonic music, chamber music, opera, and soundtracks.
GRAMMY®-nominated cellist Matt Haimovitz is acclaimed for both his tremendous artistry and as a musical visionary – pushing the boundaries of classical music performance, championing new music and initiating groundbreaking collaborations, all while mentoring an award-winning studio of young cellists at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal.
Harpist Lavinia Meijer is an exclusive Sony Classical International Artist who has performed in some of the leading concert halls in the world, including Carnegie Hall New York, Berlin Philharmonie, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Musikverein Vienna, Palaisdes Beaux Arts Brussels, Bronfmann Auditorium Tel Aviv and Seoul Arts Center.
Glass’ music is now indelibly a part of our cultural lingua franca.
– CHICAGO TRIBUNE