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Philip Glass: Happy 75th Birthday!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Composer Philip Glass turns 75 today, and he spends part of his birthday with us -- plus he previews his newest recording, the Symphony No. 9. And: Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson shares with us his music for the Bill Morrison silent film “Miners’ Hymns.”

Philip Glass at 75

Philip Glass might be the most popular classical music composer of our time.  Sure, he changed the way we think of the words “opera” and “classical composer.” But he’s also been courted by Hollywood, parodied on “South Park,” and used as an answer on “Jeopardy.”  Philip Glass turns 75 today, and he spends part of his birthday with us, including a peek at his newest recording, the Symphony #9.

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Johann Johannsson: Miners' Hymns

Iceland is home to one of the most vibrant music scenes in the world, and Johann Johannsson is one of its leading composers.  He creates haunting and evocative soundscapes for orchestral brass or strings with live electronics, and today shares with us his music for the Bill Morrison silent film “The Miners’ Hymns.” 

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Gig Alert: The Loom

Brooklyn folk-rock band The Loom performs with Dry The River at Mercury Lounge on Tuesday night. Download the whispery-raucous single "For The Hooves That Gallop, And The Heels That March."

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