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Philip Glass also at Stanford, CA

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:09 am
by jarkko ... -0727.html
IN ADDITION to the many visiting performers, the 2007-08 Stanford Lively Arts series begins with a world-premiere collaboration between composer Philip Glass and troubadour Leonard Cohen. The multimedia piece, called Book of Longing, was co-commissioned by Stanford Lively Arts and combines the minimalist urges of Glass with the poetry and visual designs of Cohen, with Glass himself supplying the piano accompaniment. It will be performed on Oct. 9.

Leonard in Stanford with Philip Glass

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:30 pm
by jarkko
Leonard Cohen at Stanford

Stanford’s Department of Art & Art History presents a free exhibit of original prints by Leonard Cohen. Opening on Sept. 18 and running through Nov. 18 in the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, “Leonard Cohen — Lines of Life” is curated by Paul DeMarinis. Nudes, portraits and “dreamscapes” are on exhibit, some combining painting, drawing and handwritten text. A public reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m., on Oct. 8. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

419 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University campus,

Cohen-inspired Philip Glass work

Philip Glass’ composition “Book of Longing,” based on the poetry and images of Leonard Cohen will be performed at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Stanford Memorial Auditorium. Co-commissioned by Stanford Lively Arts, the work intertwines Glass’ signature style with Cohen’s pensive, erotic poetry. Performed by an elite ensemble of musicians and vocalists, with Glass on keyboard, this West Coast premiere also showcases Cohen’s artwork and is staged by choreographer Susan Marshall. Tickets are $38 to $70.

The day before the concert, Glass and Cohen will be featured in an Aurora Forum Conversation moderated by Alan Acosta. It’s at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Memorial Auditorium. Admission is free, but tickets are required; they may be obtained from the Stanford ticket office.

Re: Leonard in Stanford

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 1:37 am
by jaked
I hope to be able to get to this exibit.
The laborer is worthy of his hire.
I would love to see those figurines of the poet.
Thank you freind for telling me.

Re: Leonard in Stanford

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:43 am
by Baldwyn
OH WOW!!! Thanks so much for the post!!!!

Re: Leonard in Stanford

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:16 pm
by dick
Stanford ticket office reports that no tickets remain for the conversation.

Re: Philip Glass also at Stanford, CA

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:14 pm
by dick
A new report today.... wish we were there!

Stanford Report, October 3, 2007
Philip Glass, Leonard Cohen team up in Book of Longing

Printable VersionLorca Cohen

The poetry and artwork of Leonard Cohen, left, is intertwined with the music of Philip Glass, right, in Glass’s Book of Longing, a work that takes its title from Cohen’s book of the same name. The performance, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Memorial Auditorium, launches the Stanford Lively Arts 2007-08 season.
Leonard Cohen

Original artwork from Book of Longing. The Stanford Art Gallery will be showing Cohen’s work through Nov. 18.
Philip Glass is arguably the foremost living composer; songwriter Leonard Cohen, his contemporary, a legendary songwriter and poet. Together, they will kick off a dynamic 2007-08 season for Lively Arts, which is presenting the West Coast premiere of Book of Longing, a new work by Glass based on Cohen's poetry and images from Cohen's 2006 book of the same name. Book of Longing was commissioned by Lively Arts with a cohort of other arts groups.

The evening-length concert work for eight musicians and a quartet—Glass himself will perform on keyboard—is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Memorial Auditorium. The performance is sold out. To be notified of last-minute tickets, should they become available, sign up at In addition, a limited number of tickets for the dinner and performance are still available (see below for details).

Other events associated with Book of Longing include:

A discussion with the two artists, sponsored by Lively Arts and the Aurora Forum, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in Memorial Auditorium. The conversation will be moderated by Alan Acosta, associate vice president and director of University Communications. This event is sold out, but a limited number of tickets have been reserved for Stanford students. The tickets will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, on White Plaza on a first-come basis (limit two per person with a valid Stanford student ID).
A two-month-long exhibition of Cohen's artwork, "Leonard Cohen—Lines of Life," presented in collaboration with Stanford's Department of Art and Art History. The exhibition is on view now through Nov. 18 at the Stanford Art Gallery, 415 Lasuen Mall. More than 20 works are featured. A public reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8; regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
An opening night dinner hosted by Canadian Consul General Marc LePage, with special guest Philip Glass, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Dohrmann Grove (adjacent to the Stanford Art Gallery). The evening begins with a reception and private tour of the Cohen exhibition. A limited number of the tickets for the dinner and performance are still available. The price is $325. Call Lively Arts at (650) 736-1251.
Glass, the minimalist composer perhaps best known for his operas Einstein on the Beach, Satyagraha and Akhnaten, describes the poems of Book of Longing as "intensely beautiful, personal and inspiring." The diverse collection comprises the Canadian artist's poetry and sketches created over the course of the past 20 years—mostly written at California's Mount Baldy Buddhist monastery, where he spent eight years, and in India, which he visited regularly in the late 1990s. It includes long "ballads," love poems, autobiographical works, spiritual meditations written at Baldy and short comic pieces that Glass nicknamed "the limericks."

Glass conceived the concert as a continuous evening rather than a traditional song cycle. The performance runs about 100 minutes without interruption. Cohen's distinctive voice, heard on recording, will read selections of the poems. Cohen's artwork is prominently incorporated into the set.

The New York Times called the production a "hypnotic collaboration" when it was performed in New York City in July.

"The notion of Philip Glass and Leonard Cohen collaborating seems so natural that it's strange that Mr. Glass's new Book of Longing brings them together for a full-length work the first time," wrote critic Allan Kozinn. "Book of Longing is the freshest, most supple and varied score he has written in several years and a decisive step in what now seems a determination to abandon many of his trademark moves. ... Mr. Glass illuminates Mr. Cohen's poetry with a chamber score that breathes naturally and gracefully."

Book of Longing is not Glass' first collaboration with a poet: He and Allen Ginsberg created Hydrogen Jukebox in 1990. Glass and Cohen met about a quarter-century ago, when Glass set one of Cohen's poems to music, but they finally met to discuss a full-length collaboration of poetry and music six years ago. Cohen read almost the entire unpublished manuscript for Book of Longing to Glass, who proposed a multidimensional musical piece.

"Like many poets, the poetry's about him," Glass told the Charleston Post and Courier, when the production had its Toronto world premiere last June before it traveled to South Carolina's Spoleto Festival. "When I worked with Allen [Ginsberg] several years ago, in the end I understood everything Allen wrote about, was about himself.

"And in a way, the great gift that a poet can give us is his own poetic persona. That's what Allen did, and that's what Leonard does.

"The work comes from the poems. It's a setting of the poems, and it's a tribute to the poems," Glass said. "The idea is to take an artistic accomplishment in one medium and to translate it into another, and hopefully not diminish it, but enhance it."

Jenny Bilfield, artistic and executive director of Lively Arts, said, "Book of Longing is a signature work for Philip Glass—one he has long yearned to write."

Performers are Tim Fain, violin; Eleonore Oppenheim, double bass; Michael Riesman, conductor/keyboard; Mick Rossi, keyboard/percussion; Megan Marolf, oboe/English horn; Andrew Sterman, flute/piccolo/sax/bass clarinet; and Wendy Sutter, cello.

The four singers are Dominique Plaisant, soprano; Tara Hugo, mezzo-soprano; Will Erat, tenor; and Daniel Keeling, baritone.

In addition to Lively Arts, Book of Longing was commissioned by Luminato Festival of Arts and Creativity in Toronto; the Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts; the Barbican Centre, London; Lincoln Center Festival 2007 New York; University of Texas at Austin Performing Arts Center, with support from the Topfer Endowment for Performing Arts Production; Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff; with additional support from the Ravinia Festival.

Stanford Lively Arts, now in its 38th year at Stanford, reaches a wide audience through performances of music, theater, dance, spoken word and multimedia works, and its sponsorship of artists who are developing new work. By offering forums for exploration and discussion, it also offers audiences a window into the creative process.

Re: Philip Glass also at Stanford, CA

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:24 pm
by dar
Sixty people gathering in London and isn't anyone going to the Stanford performance?! Naturally I moved back to Arizona, job hunting, and broke, so I doubt I could pull off this trip. Tickets for the dinner are $325! Holy smokes. I hope LC is getting a good share of some of these ticket sales, etc. I used to think that he may have to tour to recoup his losses, but, now, maybe seeing Cohen live in concert may not happen. Damn.

Re: Philip Glass also at Stanford, CA

Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:33 am
by mfrost
I'm going to the two Stanford events the next two days.

It was nice of Leonard to come to Stanford, where I work. Too bad it wasn't for an L Cohen concert, though. I still hope to see him tour again. I consider myself lucky to have seen him three times in concert in the San Francisco Bay area, but it's time for another one.


Re: Philip Glass also at Stanford, CA

Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 4:18 pm
by dar
Thanks for the post Martin. Was wondering if anyone from the forum was going to attend. Seems everytime there is a showing/performance/production that I might be able to attend, real life steps in and trips me up. Enjoy yourself tonight and tomorrow and maybe post a few comments on the event? Or pics? At least someone who posts to the forum will be there. Thanks again.

Re: Philip Glass also at Stanford, CA

Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 5:26 pm
by dick

Agree with Dar-- please post any observations you can! And Enjoy.


Re: Leonard in Stanford with Philip Glass

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 2:02 am
by Baldwyn
So I bought a ticket off of Craigslist for tonight, and the guy was overnighting it from Los Angeles on Friday...but the post office is closed today, so I don't think it'll make it here in time! :( Very sad! I guess I'll lurk by the doorway to catch a muffled whisper of that rubbling baritone.

Re: Leonard in Stanford with Philip Glass

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:05 am
by blonde madonna
So....did anyone seen Leonard in Stanford Monday night? Is anyone going to the performance? ... eature.pdf

Re: Leonard in Stanford with Philip Glass

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:06 am
by lizzytysh
That's horrible, Baldwyn :cry: . If only Overnight had been done by UPS instead of the post office... maybe you'd have gotten it, but even then, no guarantees [even though they'd like you to think so :? ].

I'm sorry to hear that far-from-happy tale... not the kind we've been hoping for. You have got to be so disappointed.

~ Lizzy

Re: Leonard in Stanford with Philip Glass

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 8:48 pm
by Baldwyn
It worked out! I begged on Craigslist for a ticket, and a student at Stanford emailed me letting me know he had a spare. I showed up and they had stacks of unclaimed/returned free tickets at the door, so I nabbed one, got a seat right behind the videographer (who said it might be posted online at a later date). So hopefully, the scalper will refund all my money, I was annoyed paying so much ($45 shipped) for a free ticket as it was :)

It wasn't that informative of an evening, but it was fun. Very light, and casual. Some interesting tidbits, such as Leonard being asked his favourite Canadian songwriters (Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot, and stopped there), and favourite American songwriters (Bob Dylan, (ack I forgot the second!), and Van Morrison). There was talk about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, and Leonard had thought he'd been nominated before, and wondered where the hall was. Alan Acosta noted that he was in the Canadian equivalent, which Leonard said "Yes, but it isn't called that, it's called the Vestibule of Fame." The focus was primarily on the collaboration, of course. It was hyped quite a lot, so I'm really looking forward to actually seeing it performed tonight!

Of course, the highlight was the last question for Leonard. "Will you tour again?" His reply, "I think I will."

Re: Leonard in Stanford with Philip Glass

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:04 pm
by lizzytysh
8) :D 8) EXCELLENT, Baldwyn 8) :D 8) !!!

Hmmm... a scalper refund?? Would you like to guess :? ?

I'm very happy for you, Baldwyn :D !!! I'm glad you got to see Leonard in person 8) . The Conversation we saw wasn't nearly so open. Did Stanford take questions from the audience or were those questions posed by the host?

Yes... good news on Leonard's response to the tour question :D .

~ Lizzy