The United World College is presenting a performance featuring Philip Glass and Jon Gibson on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kluge Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.
Hailed by New York Magazine as one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, Philip Glass is known for his minimalist and classicist musical style. In this special performance he is joined by Jon Gibson—also a composer and a founding member and performer with the Philip Glass Ensemble—in what promises to be an unforgettable listening experience.
Glass founded the Philip Glass Ensemble in 1968. He composed his first opera, Einstein on the Beach, for the Ensemble in 1976. Since then, he has composed other operas, musical theatre works, symphonies, concertos, solo works, chamber pieces, and film scores. Three of his film scores have been nominated for Academy Awards. Through his music and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times.
Gibson is a flautist, saxophonist, and composer. He has performed in the premier of In C by Terry Riley, and Drumming by Steve Reich, as well as Reich's 1967 composition Reed Phase, which Reich wrote especially for him. Gibson has also performed and recorded with other composers, including Christian Wolff, David Behrman, Harold Budd, Alvin Curran and Frederic Rzewski.