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Philip Glass Premiere in Times Square, Public Invited

Ever want to sing in a world premiere in front of a big crowd?  In honor of composer Philip Glass turning 75 this year, NPR commissioned him to write a short work that is going to be performed in New York City, in Times Square on June 21.  Amateurs and professionals are invited to join in this event, which will be videotaped and recorded. This will be part of  Make Music New York, a festival that presents free, outdoor concerts around the city on the summer solstice, June 21.  The work by Glass is titled The New Rule, with a text by the Sufi poet Rumi translated by Coleman Barks.  Conductor Kent Tritle will lead the singers in the Philip Glass piece and in movements from Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B minor. If you're going to be in the Big Apple on the summer solstice, here's your chance to shine for a short while on the longest day of the year. And if you haven't heard any of Philip Glass's music in a while, here's something appropriately cosmic from his Third Symphony: http://youtu.be/DA40lE83jLo And not to to be outdone, something even grander from J. S. Bach: http://youtu.be/gMq44NLoVPc