Listen up: A focus on Philip Glass

Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 11, 2014

With “The Glass Project,” Ballet Austin artistic director Stephen Mills pays homage to an oft-used inspiration: the music of Philip Glass.

Like he has with “The Bach Project” and “The Mozart Project” Mills has crafter a composer-centric concert of short ballets.

“The Glass Project” pulls from the whole spectrum of the composer’s music for three dances, two of which the company has presented before.

For “Liminal Glam” there’s Glass’ bombastic “Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra.”

Then for “Angel of My Nature,” it’s Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” balanced against Glass’ delicate piano work in “Metamorphosis One.”

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The Austin Chamber Music Center’s Michelle Schumann will perform the piano Glass works live.

For “Carbon53,” Mills’ newest ballet, Glass’ “Songs and Poems for Solo Cello” is bookended by Reich’s “Clapping Music” and “Pendulum Music”

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