Philip Glass Ensemble & Steve Reich


The fathers of minimalism go big with this three-day retrospective, their first double bill in decades. For the opening night, five seminal pieces that changed the way we perceive western classical are performed: Reich’s pressure-cooker “Four Organs,” which erupted into chaos in its 1973 Carnegie Hall performance; excerpts from Glass’s operas the CIVIL warS, a Robert Wilson collaboration with an operatic setting of Frederick the Great of Prussia, and Akhnaten, on the Pharaonic progenitor of monotheism; Glass’s slow-gestating “Music in Twelve Parts;” and Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians,” his first major symphonic work. It’s history as mathematical recursion, set to beautiful music.

Sept. 9-11, 7:30 p.m., 2014