Performances, Special Events, Concerts

An Evening with Philip Glass and Matt Haimovitz – SOLD OUT

$40 members, $50 nonmembers, $30 students

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 8pm

Location: Peabody Essex Museum

An Evening with Philip Glass and Matt Haimovitz – SOLD OUT

The Peabody Essex Museum presents America's foremost composer Philip Glass and renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz in an intimate performance of chamber music, including the world premiere of Glass' second major work for cello, Partita No. 2 for Solo Cello.

This rare performance will be Glass' first Boston-area concert in over a decade and what is likely to be his only piano performance in this area during his 80th birthday concert season. Presented as part of PEM's Present Tense Initiative, the evening features a pre-concert discussion about creativity, collaboration and commerce with Glass and the head of his Orange Mountain Music record label, Richard Guerin.

In addition to the world premiere, the 90-minute concert features a selection of solos and duos for piano and cello drawn from Glass' prolific catalogue, which includes 25 operas, 11 symphonies, 13 concertos, eight string quartets, 35 film scores, dozens of works for theater and ballet and many works of chamber music including two books of piano etudes.

Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Glass has had an extraordinary impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times.

Renowned as a musical pioneer, cellist Matt Haimovitz has inspired classical music lovers and countless new listeners by bringing his artistry to concert halls and clubs, outdoor festivals and intimate coffee houses. Haimovitz made his debut in 1984, at the age of 13, as soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. At 17 he made his first recording with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for Deutsche Grammophon. He has gone on to perform on the world's most esteemed stages, with such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Under the guidance of curator Trevor Smith, the Present Tense Initiative engages leading creative agents to cultivate innovative experiences fueled by the intersection of cultures, disciplines and technologies. By encouraging innovation and fostering new forms of creativity, PEM seeks to push the boundaries of what a museum experience can be.

This program is made possible in part by Jane and Neil A. Pappalardo and the Present Tense Initiative Fund.

Please contact our reservations line at 978-542-1511 to get up-to-the-minute ticket availability information or to be added to the waitlist.


Photo of Matt Haimovitz by Stephanie Mackinnon

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