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5537 Star Starred
Davies Symphony Hall
Between Hayes and Grove 201 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102
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4.8 / 5 Rated by 13 members
Review from Hadley Louden

A wonderful event, especially if you like Philip Glass.

Davies Symphony Hall staff, however, gets an "F" for possibly the worst managed Will Call mess I've ever experienced in my life. Perhaps the rain discouraged them from bothering to put up...continued

reviewed Feb 16 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from CMcClintock

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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Review from Cory

The performance was long and the music anxious, but it was quite a stunning feat. What a rare treat to hear this piece, live, in its entirety, led by Glass himself. A truly unique experience.

It was also my first time at the Davies Symphony...continued

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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.

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