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Philip Glass Institute: Composing a Creative Life Lecture Series

March 25, 2019, 10:00 PM

Philip Glass Institute: Composing a Creative Life Lecture Series

Arnhold Hall
General Public 

Composing a Creative Life is the new flagship course of the Philip Glass Institute at The New School. Led by Lisa Bielawa, Chief Curator and Inaugural Composer in Residence of the Philip Glass Institute, the course is an incubator for the sharing of ideas about what it means to be an artist today. Students will engage in a deeply relevant exploration of the role of artists in our cultural climate and in society at large, viewed through the lens of Glass’s and Bielawa’s own community of artistic and business collaborators.

A voracious collaborator, Glass’s voice and career path developed outside traditional institutional structures, emphasized entrepreneurial thinking, groundbreaking business models, and artistic autonomy. His way of composing, working, and being provides a model and inspiration for the 21st century artist. 

In line with Glass’s and Bielawa’s vision that the Philip Glass Institute serve the public and serve the future of creativity in society, Composing a Creative Life will be open to the New School community and the public for auditing on the following dates:

March 4, 6:00-7:40 PM
Glass Box Theater (55 West 13th Street)
Linda Brumbach and Alisa Regas, Pomegranate Arts (Creative Producers)

March 25, 6:00-7:40 PM
Room 350 (55 West 13th Street)
Jim Keller, Director; Drew Smith,  Associate Director, Dunvagen Music Publishers (Philip Glass’s publisher/manager)

April 8, 6:00-7:40 PM
Room 350 (55 West 13th Street)
Lucinda Childs, Choreographer; Caitlin Scranton & Matt Pardo, Members of Lucinda Childs Dance

May 6, 6:00-7:40 PM
Room 350 (55 West 13th Street)
Members of the Philip Glass Ensemble:

  • Michael Riesman, Music Director, keyboards
  • Mick Rossi, keyboards
  • Jon Gibson, woodwinds (original PGE member, since 1970)
  • Andrew Sterman, woodwinds

Composing a Creative Life is a weekly course at the College of Performing Arts. These public lectures are part of a class course. Auditors are asked to attend the entire session, so as to cause minimal disruption, and to yield to registered course participants when questions and dialogue are invited by the lecturer. 

Presented by Mannes School of Music at the College of Performing Arts



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