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  • Philip Glass, Robert Wilson's "Einstein on the Beach" Makes West Coast Debut with Three Sold-Out Berkeley Performances

    Philip Glass and Robert Wilson's groundbreaking opera Einstein on the Beach receives its West Coast premiere, nearly four decades after it was first performed, with three sold-out performances at Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall this weekend. PBS Newshour marked the occasion with a look at this groundbreaking work and the career of its composer, which you can watch here. This weekend's performances of Einstein on the Beach are part of a major international tour that heads next to Mexico City, Amsterdam, and Hong Kong.

  • Philip Glass, Robert Wilson's "Einstein on the Beach" Returns to NYC with Eight Performances at BAM

    Philip Glass and Robert Wilson's Einstein on the Beach, widely credited as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 20th century, launched its creators to international success when it was first produced in Avignon, France, in 1976. Now, 20 years since its last production, as part of an international tour, Einstein on the Beach returns to New York with eight performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), tonight through September 23.

About this Album

This seminal, album-length work from 1970, performed by the young Philip Glass Ensemble, debuted on CD in this 1994 edition. Said Rolling Stone, "Glass' early works have long been cult classics ... Now, they've finally been released on CD—and they've lost none of their raucous power."


Philip Glass, electric organ, alto flute
Barbara Benary, electric violin, voice
Steve Chambers, electric organ
Jon Gibson, electric organ, soprano saxophone, flute, voice
Dickie Landry, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, piccolo, flute, voice
Kurt Munkacsi, electronics
Arthur Murphy, electric piano
Robert Prado, trumpet, flute, voice

Produced by Philip Glass and Klaus Kertess
Recorded 1971 at Martinson Hall of the Public Theatre, New York, by Butterfly Productions, Inc.
Engineers: Bob Fries and Kurt Munkacsi
Mixed by Kurt Munkacsi, Philip Glass, and Dickie Landry
Digitally remastered at The Looking Glass Studios, NYC

Cover design by John Gall
Cover photograph of Philip Glass, 1987, by Beatriz Schiller

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