Smoothing the way for Glass

Finally, Baltimore-bred minimalist composer gets his BSO debut

February 18, 2007|By Tim Smith | Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic

For nearly 30 years, he has been one of the best known, most instantly recognizable composers of our time, his music performed throughout the world to an unusually wide public.

THE BSO / / Thursday at Music Center at Strathmore / / Friday through Feb. 25 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall / / 410-783-8000 or

Philip Glass


Baltimore, Jan. 31, 1937

Current home:

New York City

Early music studies:

Entered Peabody Institute at age 8, studied flute

High school:

City College

Higher education:

Admitted to University of Chicago at age 15, majored in math and philosophy, also studied piano; entered Juilliard School in New York at 19

Musical landmark:

Premiere of Einstein on the Beach at Metropolitan Opera, 1976

Film scores:

The Thin Blue Line, Kundun, The Truman Show (Golden Globe winner), The Hours, Koyaanisqatsi, The Impressionist, Notes on a Scandal (Academy Award nominee)

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