Philip Glass Work Based On "Book Of Longing" Set For Toronto Premiere

In June, a new work by Philip Glass based on the poems in Book of Longing will debut as an evening-length concert work composed for ensemble, singers, spoken word, and imagery. The culmination of years of mutual admiration between two of the most celebrated musical artists of their generation, the piece will feature new music by Glass inspired by Book of Longing. The poems are signature Leonard Cohen-- at once meditative, playful, erotic, and provocative. The music is currently being written for an ensemble of seven musicians including electronic keyboards (one played by Glass himself), flute/bass clarinet, hand percussion, violin, cello, upright bass, and oboe/English horn that will be visible on stage throughout the evening. The music will be directed by Glass's longtime musical director Michael Riesman. Debut performances are set for June 1-3, 2007, at the Luminato Festival in Toronto, after which the show will tour.

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