Patti Smith and Philip Glass To Read Poetry Together

The special London event is to mark Glass' 70th birthday

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A celebratory weekend based on renowned composer Philip Glass’ remarkable 35 year musical career, is to take place at the Barbican, to mark his 70th birthday this October.

Patti Smith will join Glass onstage on October 19 for the opening night of Glassworks – performing a rare and intimate evening of piano and poetry inspired by their mutual love of beat poet Allen Ginsberg.

The following night at the Barbican sees the premiere of Glass’ new work based on Leonard Cohen’sprovocative Book of Longing. Glass was inspired over six years ago to put Cohen’s words to music when Cohen read his poems to him. The new score will be performed by an ensemble of singers and musicians.


Glassworks birthday celebrations culminates with a four-hour music marathon of Glass’ Music in 12 Parts, one of his most renowned works. The score is regarded as one of the compostions that has defined minimalist music in the 20th Century and hasn’t been performed in London in it’s entirety in 22 years.

Philip Glass and Patti Smith, The Poet Speaks, LSO St Lukes (October 19)

Philip GlassBook of Longing, Barbican Hall (October 20)


Philip Glass Ensemble, Barbican Hall (October 21)

More information about the special events are available from the Barbican website here

Barbican Box Office is: 0845 120 7550


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