“The biggest thing with new music is how to realize it. It’s an issue of how to write it down but it’s also about how to actually play it.” —Philip Glass
With a body of work that includes 25 operas—including Einstein on the Beach, Satyagraha and Akhnaten, among others—12 symphonies, 13 concertos, 9 string quartets and numerous other works for film, theater, dance and his own ensemble, Philip Glass is indisputably one of the great American composers. In classic Glass fashion of leaving no stone unturned and no place unexplored, 2019 marked the debut of the one piece missing from his body of work—a sonata…until now. Glass’s first Piano Sonata premiered on July 4, 2019 at Piano Festival Ruhr in Germany in the presence of the composer, performed by long-time collaborator Maki Namekawa. Driven by Glass’s compositional brilliance and the extraordinary musicianship of Namekawa, Piano Sonata is both a testament to friendship and a gift to the world.
CAP UCLA is thrilled to have the opportunity to host the West Coast premiere of this new work to L.A. audiences performed by the brilliant pianist for whom it was created. As a soloist and a chamber musician equally at home in classical and repertoire of our time, Namekawa performs regularly at international venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center (New York); Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco); Barbican Center and Cadogan Hall (London); Salzburg Festival, Ars Electronica Linz, Musik-Biennale Berlin and Piano Festival Ruhr. CAP UCLA audiences will remember her dazzling performance of Glass’ Etudes in 2013 at Royce Hall.
Photo Credit: Danny Clinch
Funds provided by the Shirley and Ralph Shapiro Director’s Discretionary Fund.