Tuesday 29 July 2014

Bristol Glassfest

Bristol Glassfest & Philip Glass Ensemble: Retrospective

UK Tour

6 – 14 November 2014

7-10 November, St George’s, Colston Hall and Watershed in Bristol
will play host to Glassfest, a weekend devoted to Philip Glass including songs, a solo recital, films and the Philip Glass Ensemble: Retrospective. Featuring music from the first decades of Glass’s career, Philip Glass Ensemble then sweep across the country for their first UK tour of Retrospective, taking in The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, The Anvil, Basingstoke and Cambridge Corn Exchange.

Glass’s new chamber-opera, The Trial, will be premiered and toured by Music Theatre Wales while across November The Anvil also celebrates Glass with a performance of string quartet No. 5 by the Brodowski Quartet, as well as The Trial.

St George’s Bristol presents an evening of song with Tara Hugo and Michael Riesman (MD of the PGE since 1976). Hugo will present her programme of ‘Glass Songs’, which she recorded in 2012 and presented last year at Philip Glass's Days & Nights Festival at Big Sur, California. It will include original Glass’s songs with lyrics by Hugo, alongside songs from Glass’s collaborations with Leonard Cohen, Allen Ginsberg, Natalie Merchant and Mick Jagger. The following day, Philip Glass comes to St George’s for an evening of conversation and solo piano performance, joined by conductor Charles Hazelwood.

Over the weekend, independent cinema Watershed will also present Glass, Beats & Buddhism, a short season of films reflecting the composer's roots in New York and interests in Beat Culture and Tibetan Buddhism.

Bringing the weekend to a close, Colston Hall will present the premiere of Philip Glass Ensemble: Retrospective. The Ensemble will perform key works from Glass’s early career: the touring programme will include the Cologne Section from CIVIL warS (1984), originally created for an unrealised Robert Wilson project for the Los Angeles Olympic Games; excerpts from the seminal Music In 12 Parts, which resonate alongside works from the 1980s including the last act of his chamber opera The Photographer, and music written for Godfrey Reggio’s cult film Koyaanisqatsi. Music in Similar Motion meantime, dizzying and determined, takes the story back to 1969. The first UK tour of this new project, the Ensemble travel on to The Bridgewater Hall, The Anvil Basingstoke and Corn Exchange Cambridge.

Glass is touring his new opera based on Kafka’s The Trial with a libretto by Christopher Hampton. Commissioned by Music Theatre Wales, Royal Opera House, Theater Magdeburg, Germany and Scottish Opera, The Trial is directed by Michael McCarthy and features young baritone Johnny Herford. It will tour 10 October-10 November, taking in Manchester, Basingstoke and beyond

For further information about Glassfest and Philip Glass Ensemble: Retrospective, please contact Polly Eldridge 0117 329 0519 polly@sounduk.net For information about Music Theatre Wales’ production of The Trial, please contact Faith Wilson 07941 137453 faith@faithwilsonartspublicity.com.

Programme - Philip Glass Ensemble

CIVIL warS – Cologne section (1984)
Selections from Music 
in 12 Parts (1971-74)
The Grid Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
Glassworks (1983)
Music in Similar Motion (1969)
Act III The Photographer (1983)

Programme of Events

Glassfest & Philip Glass Ensemble: Retrospective

Thurs 6 Nov 8pm        Tara Hugo & Michael Riesman

                                    Glassfest St George’s Bristol,
stgeorgesbristol.co.uk             £16

Fri 7 Nov 7.30pm        Philip Glass solo piano and conversations

Glassfest St George’s Bristol

stgeorgesbristol.co.uk             £24 - £32

Sat 8 Nov 7.30pm       Philip Glass Ensemble: Retrospective

Glassfest Colston Hall, Bristol

colstonhall.org                         £8.50 to £30.00

6 – 8 Nov                    Glassfest Watershed, Bristol film schedule tba

Mon 10 Nov 8pm        Philip Glass Ensemble: Retrospective

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

bridgewater-hall.co.uk            £23 - £33, £15 students

Wed 12 Nov 7.45pm   Philip Glass Ensemble: Retrospective

The Anvil Basingstoke
anvilarts.org.uk                       £32; under 16s & full-time students £10

Fri 14 Nov 7.30pm      Philip Glass Ensemble: Retrospective

Corn Exchange, Cambridge,

cornex.co.uk                           £37.50 - £47.50, £12.50 students inc booking fee

Co-promoted by Cambridge Music Festival & Corn Exchange, Cambridge,

Visit www.cammusic.co.uk for full details of Cambridge Music Festival

Fri 21 Nov 7.30pm      The Brodowski Quartet

                                    Haydn C Major Quartet, Philip Glass Quartet no.5

                                    The Forge at The Anvil, Basingstoke
anvilarts.org.uk           £16; under 16s & full-time students £10 (inc. booking fee)

Music Theatre Wales: The Trial premiere and tour

Fri 10 – Sat 18 Oct     Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London (World Premiere)

Wed 22 Oct                 Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

Tues 28 Oct                Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Mon 3 Nov                 Oxford Playhouse

Tues 4 Nov                 The Anvil, Basingstoke

Fri 7 Nov                    Sherman Cymru, Cardiff

Sun 9 Nov                   Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold

Mon 10 Nov                Birmingham Rep

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