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Davies Symphony Hall
Between Hayes and Grove 201 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102
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Philip Glass' "Music in Twelve Parts"
13 ratings
4.8 average rating
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21 events
11 reviews
2 stars
attended Feb 16 2009

The performance itself *was* an amazing once in a lifetime event, but the logistics of the space reminded me why I go to Symphony Hall so infrequently. While I appreciate the fact that Davies' support staff is mostly volunteer, I don't understand...continued

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10 reviews
18 stars
attended Feb 16 2009

Wonderful, once in a lifetime event.

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31 events
8 reviews
1 stars
attended Feb 16 2009

The concert was wonderful.Glass is a first class genius.

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Quotes & Highlights

The work will be performed in two sessions with a dinner break midway through.  Information on ordering a box meal, as well as a list of alternate options, can be found at the San Francisco Performances website.


Philip Glass, composer/keyboards

Music in Twelve Parts

Michael Riesman, Music Director/Conductor

Featuring the Philip Glass Ensemble:

Lisa Bielawa, David Crowell, Dan Dryden, Stephen Erb, Jon Gibson, Michael Riesman, Mick Rossi and Andres Sterman

If a singular piece of late 20th century music can be identified as a turning point that profoundly changed music history forever after, _Music in Twelve Parts is just that work. A monumental four-hour compendium of years of Glass’ experimentation and success in the late 60s and early 70s at forging a brilliant new style, it has been compared to Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier_ for its scope and ambitious redefinition of form and sound.

History may well judge Music in Twelve Parts as Philip Glass’ most important work and no recording can match the live experience of its visceral power. Never before performed live on the West Coast, the work is recreated by the original 1974 cast in two sessions with a dinner break in between.

About the Ticket Supplier: San Francisco Performances

Founded in 1979, San Francisco Performances is the Bay Area’s leading independent presenter of chamber music, vocal and instrumental recitals, jazz and contemporary dance. Under the artistic direction of its founder, Ruth Felt, the organization presents internationally acclaimed and emerging performing artists, introduces innovative programs, and builds new and diversified audiences for the arts through education and outreach activities that also strengthen the local performing arts community.