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in New York, with PGE member Lisa Bielawa as the institute’s inaugural Composer-in-Residence and the PGE as Ensemble-in-Residence.  The event featured a performance of a sampling of Bielawa’s opera and a performance by the PGE to celebrate the event, and its own recording out on OMM March 1.

Only a few days later the Los Angeles Philharmonic presented the world premiere of Philip Glass’s Symphony No.12 “Lodger.”  Quite unlike his other two “Bowie” symphonies, No.1 “Low” and No.4 “Heroes”(a dance symphony),  Symphony No.12 seems to have broken the mold according to the LA Times glowing review.  Composed not with Bowie’s melodies in mind, but rather with his lyrics as poetry front and center, with Angélique Kidjo as vocalist and organist James McVinnie playing a substantial pipe organ part with the LA Phil under the direction of John Adams, it was quite the experience.  The piece will be heard in  (on a program with all three Bowie symphonies SOLD OUT), Germany in November as well as in Paris. Speaking of Paris, Glass will be part of a in May including performances of the Complete Piano Etudes and Passages for orchestra with Anoushka Shankar.

On January 18th, with Simone Dinnerstein and A Far Cry。 Dinnerstein presented the UK premiere of the concerto in November with the London Symphony, which the BBC made available 。  Dinnerstein has performed the new Glass concerto 29 times to date。  And trumpeter Craig Morris “Three Pieces in the Shape of a Square。”

February 7th is the annual . This years participants include Stephen Colbert, Jon Batiste, Laurie Anderson, and much more.

On February 15, OMM will release  Other forthcoming Orange Mountain Music projects include double bassist Robert Black’s recording of Glass’ “The Not Doings of an Insomniac” (In the form of a Partita for Solo Double Bass) and Glass’ music for bass and timpani “Prelude to Endgame.”  Also on the schedule is the March 29 release of Grammy-winning Third Coast Percussion’s of the same name.  Other future releases include Brooklyn Rider and Paul Barnes performing Piano Quintet “Annunciation” and String Quartet No.8, the soundtrack to Bernard Rose’s “Samurai Marathon 1855,” Michael Riesman’s “Glass Soundtracks Vol.II,” a new recording of Symphony No.5 (CD + DVD), The Fall of the House of Usher with Wolftrap Opera, The Descent into the Maelstrom orchestral version with the Arctic Philharmonic, and “Africa Sings” with Angélique Kidjo and the Bruckner Orchester Linz under Davies.

Glass is currently at work on the music for starring Glenda Jackson in addition to the world premiere of his this July.