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407 | Philip Glass
407 | Philip Glass

Photo Credit: Steve Pyke

Wed, Nov 2 | 6 – 7 PM
Symphony Center, Armour Stage
220 S Michigan Ave | Chicago, IL | 60604
  • Members: $20
  • Public: $25
  • Students and Teachers: $10

One of the most influential artists of his era, Philip Glass is a colossus of modern music. His early works shaped musical minimalism, and his expansive oeuvre includes operas, symphonies, chamber works, and even film scores. Marked by a political and literary sensitivity, his compositions explore the impact of scientists (Einstein on the Beach), writers such as Samuel Beckett, and political giants like Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi. Chicago Tribune's arts critic Howard Reich joins Glass to discuss his remarkable career and new book, Words Without Music: A Memoir. Glass will play a short solo selection.

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This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Tribune.


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Philip Glass is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School. By 1974, Glass had a number of innovative projects, culminating in Music in Twelve Parts, and the landmark opera, Einstein on the Beach. Since Einstein, Glass has expanded his repertoire to include music for opera, dance, theater, chamber ensemble, orchestra, and film. His scores have received Academy Award nominations (Kundun, The Hours, Notes on a Scandal) and a Golden Globe (The Truman Show). Glass will celebrate his 80th birthday on January 31st, 2017 with the world premiere of his 11th Symphony.

Howard Reich is Emmy Award winning arts critic of the Chicago Tribune and author of five books including Prisoner of Her Past. Reich has covered the arts for the Tribune since 1978.

  • 2016 Chicago Tribune Literary Award
  • 1999; 2021; 2026
  • Words Without Music