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April 4, 2012

BSO to give co-premiere of 'Overture for 2012' by Philip Glass

The bicentennial of the War of 1812 will be commemorated musically with a new work by Baltimore-born Philip Glass, the celebrated minimalist composer.

His "Overture for 2012" will receive a simultaneous world premiere in June by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

The Glass work promises to provide an appropriately American alternative to Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," which has become a favorite in this country during Fourth of July celebrations, despite the fact that its depiction of a Russian defeat of Napoleon's forces.

The Baltimore bow for "Overture for 2012" will take place on ...

June 17 at Meyerhoff Hall on a BSO program called Star-Spangled Symphony and conducted by the orchestra's music director, Marin Alsop.

The event is tied in with Star-Spangled Sailabration, an international maritime festival being held at the Inner Harbor June 13-19. The concert will, of course, also feature Tchaikovsky's "1812," along with music by John Williams.

The Toronto Symphony's premiere of the Glass piece, slated for the same day and time as the BSO's, is part of Luminato, a city-wide, multi-genre festival in Toronto June 13-17. Luminato will also honor the composer's 75th birthday with a new production of his seminal opera from 1976, "Einstein on the Beach."

Here's a brief video of Alsop discussing the "Overture for 2012":



Posted by Tim Smith at 11:24 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: BSO, Clef Notes, Marin Alsop


Bravo for this wonderful initiative
I like the idea of an ouverture by Philip Glass on 2012
Let's hope it gives us further drive to go after 2012!!

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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