Philip Glass’ 75th Birthday Celebration
Father Duffy Square (Broadway & Seventh Ave., between West 45th and 47th St., Manhattan)
To honor Philip Glass’ 75th birthday this year, we here at NPR Music commissioned Glass to create a short work that would be great fun for amateur and professional singers alike. We’re inviting the public to take part in this event on June 21, which will take place at one of the world’s most iconic locations: Times Square. We’ll be videotaping and recording the performance, so even if you can’t be in New York that day, you can still experience this premiere.
Glass’s short piece is called The New Rule and features text by the medieval Sufi poet Rumi translated by Coleman Barks. The work for eight-part mixed chorus is adapted from the composer’s 1997 3-D “digital opera” Monsters of Grace.