Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Akhnaten, Philip Glass, and the Atlanta Opera

Just in case you didn't know, Akhnaten is sold out. However, us composer people may be interested in some of the events surrounding the staging of the opera. If you ever heard Philip Glass speak, you know he makes for a knowledgeable and interesting speaker on living a life as a composer. Here's some events you might be interested in, all are free and open to the public at Emory University:

January 22, 2009 7:00 PM
Carlos Museum

Dr. Melinda Hartwig, Associate Professor of Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology at Georgia State University; Dr. Shalom Goldman, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies; and Richard Kagey, Stage Director of The Atlanta Opera’s production of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten discuss the historical figure of Akhnaten, the Akhnaten of the imagination in Glass’s opera, and the artistry of The Atlanta Opera’s production.

January 25, 2009
3:30 PM
Glenn Memorial

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the opera, composer Philip Glass will have a public conversation about Akhnaten with Emory professor of Middle Eastern Studies Dr. Shalom Goldman. Dr. Goldman served as an Egyptological advisor to Glass and wrote part of the opera’s libretto using ancient Egyptian sources.

January 26, 2009
4:00 PM
Carlos Museum

From Twyla Tharp to Robert Wilson to Yo-Yo Ma, Composer Philip Glass has collaborated with artists across the disciplines. In a conversation with Secretary of the University Rosemary Magee, Glass discusses the ways that collaboration informs his own creative process.

January 26, 2009
6:30 PM
White Hall Room 208
Composer Philip Glass introduces a screening of Martin Scorsese’s film Kundun, which traces the life of the 14th Dalai Lama, and hosts a discussion of the influence of Tibetan music and Buddhism on Glass’s score for the film and other work.

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Darren Nelsen said...

I'm heading to the Carlos Museum to see/hear the collaboration lecture. Ought to be fun!

Hope to see some of you there.

Darren Nelsen said...

The Carlos lecture was very, very cool. Emory will post links to content within a week I was told. I'll post a link to their page when it's ready.