Philip Glass establishes annual arts festival near Carmel, debuting in August
Composer Philip Glass will launch an eclectic annual arts festival in August, with music, dance, theater, poetry and film offerings at Hidden Valley, an arts training center near Carmel.
The first Days and Nights Festival runs Aug. 19 to Sept. 4 at the 300-seat Hidden Valley Theatre in Carmel Valley, except for a poetry evening and a concert at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur.
A news release announcing the event says the first season “reflects keystones in Glass’ career,” and that subsequent seasons “will delve ever further into the evolution of the arts across time and space.”
Among the offerings will be retrospective concert programs from the Philip Glass Ensemble, including playing Glass’ score for the 1931 horror classic, “Dracula” during a screening of the film; performances by Molissa Fenley and Dancers (Fenley has choreographed several pieces to Glass’ music since the 1980s); a music-theater duet from composer John Moran and dancer-gymnast Saori Tsukada; an evening of poetry curated by Glass and Magnus Toren, director of the Henry Miller Library; and film screenings of Martin Scorsese’s “Kundun,” which Glass scored, and “Tabloid,” a new documentary by Errol Morris, whose films “Thin Blue Line,” “Fog of War” and “A Brief History of Time” were scored by Glass.
A string quartet from YOA Orchestra of the Americas, a young professionals’ group for whom Placido Domingo serves as artistic advisor and Gustavo Dudamel as sometimes-conductor, will serve as a house band, at times joining forces with the Days and Nights String Quartet.
Tickets will go on sale April 4 at www.daysandnightsfestival.com.
-- Mike Boehm
Photo: Philip Glass performs at the Hollywood Bowl in 2009. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times