Was a bit of media coverage of this one:
Toronto Globe and Mail:
Cohen, Glass team up for Luminato fest
Poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen is joining up with composer Philip Glass to create an original production for Toronto's first Luminato Festival - a musical work based on Cohen's The Book of Longing . And Glass plans to come to Toronto for the work's premiere at the multidisciplinary arts festival, scheduled to take place June 1 to 10, 2007. Indeed, he'll take part in it as a keyboardist working with an instrumental ensemble. ``For me, this is both a departure from my past work and a fulfilment of an artistic dream,'' Glass said.
Luminato is being designed to combine free public events, street celebrations and original cross-disciplinary works created for the festival, and will consist of more than 90 events across the city, from traditional and contemporary theatre, dance, visual arts, design, architecture, music and literature. Yesterday, organizers announced two other highlights: One, created in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario, is The Robotic Chair , an installation by artists Max Dean, Raffaello D'Andrea and Matt Donovan. The other: The Gryphon Trio will perform at the premiere of Canadian composer Christos Hatzis's Constantinople , a multimedia theatre event in partnership with the Banff Festival. The work will explore that city's cultural blend of East and West, Muslim and Christian, through visual art and instrumental and vocal music. Janice Price, Luminato's CEO, says that these original works are ``all about imagination stirred in a new Toronto tradition, served up Canadian style and peppered by the world.''
Philip Glass concert based on Cohen poetry to debut in Toronto
Toronto will be the first to experience composer Philip Glass's new concert work based on the poetry of Leonard Cohen's Book of Longing. The work will premiere June 1 to 3 at the Elgin Theatre during the inaugural Luminato festival.
"I found Cohen's work intensely beautiful, personal and inspiring," said the classically trained Glass, whose musical explorations in the past have involved the likes of Ravi Shankar, David Byrne, Paul Simon and Suzanne Vega.
"Six years in the making, our stars are finally aligned and I am very excited to open the performance in Toronto."
The concert will be performed by a seven-piece ensemble and four singers, with Glass on keyboards.
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