Photo of Philip GlassComposer Philip Glass will receive the prestigious Glenn Gould Prize. The announcement came the same day the famed artist visited UNCG.

Philip Glass spoke to UNCG Music classes in Aycock Auditorium for an hour, answering questions and offering advice, before preparing for his concert with violinist Timothy Fain.

One of those students was Kaitlyn Wagner, featured on this site and in the News & Record for her homage to Philip Glass, called “I, Philip.” Did she have a chance to meet the esteemed composer? Yes she did.

Fain had posted a clip of rehearsing in Aycock Auditorium earlier in the day.

In announcing the news, The Globe & Mail newspaper said: “Famed for the minimalist style that marked his early career, Mr. Glass is a composer of film scores and operas as well as symphonies, and is perhaps best known in the popular imagination for creating the music for the 1982 film Koyaanisqatsi. The biennial Gould Prize, named for the Canadian pianist, media thinker and iconoclast, was established in 1987 to honour artists in that multi-dimensional mould.”

See full report at The Globe & Mail web site.

For ticket information on the UNCG SMTD production of Philip Glass’ opera “Galileo Galilei” April 16, 17 and 19, click here.

By Mike Harris