San Francisco Girls Chorus
Valérie Sainte-Agathe, MusicDirector & Principal Conductor
Members of the Philip Glass Ensemble:
Michael Riesman, keyboard
Andrew Sterman, saxophone/flute
SFGC’s season opens with a program – Philip Glass and the Class of ’37 – in celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday. The concert features a selection of Glass’s works that are available for performance only with members of the Philip Glass Ensemble, including excerpts from the operas Einstein on the Beach and Hydrogen Jukebox; mixed-media work The Photographer; and the soundtrack to Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 film Koyaanisqatsi.
Setting context for Glass’s unmistakable style and remarkable contributions to the classical music world, the program begins with works from composers born in three different centuries who share the “’37” birth year with Glass – Dietrich Buxtehude (born 1637), Joseph Michael Haydn (born 1737) and Mily Balakirev (born 1837).
Philip Glass: Building and Knee Play 5 from Einstein on the Beach
Philip Glass: Act III from The Photographer
Philip Glass: Vessels from Koyaanisqatsi
Philip Glass: Father Death Blues from Hydrogen Jukebox
Dietrich Buxtehude: Excerpts from Salve Jesu, patris gnate unigenite
Johann Michael Haydn: Excerpts from Leopold Mass
Mily Balakirev: Selected Songs and Romances