Ideal Chaos Festival
On January 21 the MDR Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig University Choir celebrate Philip Glass’s 80th birthday with a concert of music by ‘Pioneering American Composers’, including his Violin Concerto No 1. Performing the concerto is the 22-year-old American violinist Chad Hoopes, first prize winner in the Young Artists Division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. Led by Stefan Asbury, the orchestra also mark the 60th birthday year of David Lang by performing the beloved cheating, lying, stealing and how to pray. The programme will conclude with a contemporary American classic, Charles Ives’s Symphony No 4. The concert will take place at the Gewandhaus Leipzig and will form part of the ‘Ideal Chaos’ Festival.
21.01.2017 Ideal Chaos Festival at Gewandhaus Leipzig, 20:00
Stefan Asbury, Chad Hoopes, MDR Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig University Choir
David Lang cheating, lying, stealing | how to pray
Philip Glass Violin Concerto No. 1
Charles Ives Symphony No. 4
Other Anniversary Performances
On January 31 2017 Philip Glass turns 80 and orchestras, chamber musicians, opera houses, and ballet companies across the world are set to perform his music, celebrating his life and work. In the UK, between January 27 and 29 The Royal Ballet will stage Les Enfants Terribles as part of a full weekend of his music at the Barbican. The BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Total Immersion: Philip Glass featuring a number of concerts, talks, chamber music, and a screening of Koyaanisqatsi will take place on January 28. The Labèque sisters give the UK premiere performance of his Concerto for two pianos in the event’s evening concert. LA Opera will present a staging of Akhnaten by Phelim McDermott on November 5 2016 in co-production with English National Opera. In February 2017 the US premiere of The Perfect American will follow at Long Beach Opera. Satyagraha will be staged in two new productions: one in Stockholm on September 14 2016, where contemporary circus Cirkus Cirkör will collaborate with Folkoperan, and the second at Theater Basel under the direction of the choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in a co-production with Komische Oper Berlin and Opera Vlaanderen in Antwerp on April 28 2017. The season will close with the US premiere of the new chamber opera The Trial at Opera Theatre of St Louis.