Philip Glass and Steve Reich to perform together for the first time in 30 years

Minimalist masters bury the hatchet for a Nonesuch festival.

Philip Glass and Steve Reich are to share a stage for the first time since the 1970s, when they supposedly had a bust-up that neither has ever publicly commented on.

Their reunion will be hosted by the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of a 20-day bonanza celebrating 50 years of Nonesuch Records between September 9 and 28.

Steve Reich and Musicians and the Philip Glass Ensemble will present a selection of their major works – including Reich’s ‘Drumming’ and ‘Music for 18 Musicians’ and excerpts from Glass’s ‘Einstein on the Beach’, ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ and ‘Music in 12 Parts’ – over three nights. Composers Nico Muhly and Timo Andres will be among the keyboard players taking part.

“My impression is that time has passed, and they are over whatever it was,” a spokeswoman for the academy told the New York Times. “I mean, how long are you going to stay angry? And they each have a long history with both BAM and Nonesuch, and they wanted to do this.”

The rest of the festival line-up draws from all corners of Nonesuch’s eclectic roster, from Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet to Youssou N’Dour, Devendra Banhart and Toumani Diabaté. Tickets go on sale on May 28. More details can be found on Brooklyn Academy of Music’s website.


Sept 9–11 – The Philip Glass Ensemble & Steve Reich and Musicians
Sept 9 – Brad Mehldau
Sept 10 – Brad Mehldau & Chris Thile
Sept 11 – Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish
Sept 12-13 – Alarm Will Sound
Sept 12-13 – Youssou N’Dour
Sept 18 – Rhiannon Giddens
Sept 19 – Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt, and Iron and Wine
Sept 20 – Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Amidon, and Olivia Chaney
Sept 23–27 – Landfall, Laurie Anderson, Kronos Quartet
Sept 24 – Rokia Traoré, Toumani Diabaté, and Sidiki Diabaté
Sept 25-26 – Caetano Veloso
Sept 27-28 – Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters



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