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At 75, Some Sit Back and Reflect...Not Philip Glass

Composer Has an Appointment at Carnegie Hall for his Birthday

Philip Glass' friends threw him a birthday party Sunday night, two days ahead of schedule.  Not because there were early bird specials or an extra senior citizen discount.  Rather, the venerable former taxi driver will be at Carnegie Hall for the world premiere of his 9th Symphony.

Already penciled into his calendar for this season is a run of concerts with his ensemble at the Park Avenue Armory in late February; productions of 14 of his operas around the world; further performances of his new symphony; and the premiere of his Symphony No. 10.

To say Philip Glass is in demand is an understatement:  The Metropolitan Opera has commissioned him, he has performed on Saturday Night Live, and even rated a mention on The Simpsons. Read A Prolific Composer Pauses, Briefly, for his Birthday (NY Times) Read Joy in Repetition (NPR Music) Watch Some of Glass' film Powaqqatsi from 1988 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENhb6g8p26A