Iconic Works for the Philip Glass Ensemble

The premiere performers of the music by Philip Glass, for the past forty-five years, the Philip Glass Ensemble has toured worldwide performing instrumental works, works for ensemble and film, and chamber operas. Over time, their signature sound of amplified chamber music has become increasingly popular with an entirely new generation of music fans around the globe. In honor of Glass’ s 80th birthday, the PGE will tour retrospective programs and evening-length works featuring classics written and performed exclusively for the PGE including Einstein on the Beach in Concert and the epic Music in 12 Parts. One of the most influential composers ever to work in film, Glass’s works for ensemble and film are a synthesis of music concert and the moving image. Film options include: The Qatsi Trilogy (Godfrey Reggio); Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance; Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation; Naqoyqatsi: Life as War; La Belle et la Bête (Jean Cocteau) and Dracula (Tod Browning).

It was a very small room…it was really bloody loud, It was a dense, strong sound, and that really impressed me, the physicality of that sound. There was not an attempt to draw your attention by standard musical devices. It was just, here is the sound. Live in it. I thought, Oh God, this is it! This is the future of rock music.

Brian Eno remembering a 1969 Philip Glass Ensemble concert at London’s Royal Academy of Art

Iconic Works for the Philip Glass Ensemble