Philip Glass

Welcome to the Bizarro World. If our world is a sphere, the Bizarro World is a cube. In the Bizarro World, icons of contemporary music don’t perform in hip Seattle. They remain unbooked, ignored, by Benaroya Hall, McCaw Hall, or Meany Hall. In the Bizarro World, these icons perform in the suburbs. They perform at the Kirkland Performance Center, which hip Seattle, when it thinks of the venue at all, probably thinks of as a home for touring performances of Annie. But in the Bizarro World, Seattle gets Annie while Kirkland gets a fascinating and ravishing concert by Philip Glass. He’ll talk about his music and play a selection of his solo piano works—slender, gemlike pieces that seem to distill the propulsive exuberance of his dance or film music, the splashy color of his orchestral works, and the otherworldly spectacle of his operas into something inward and ascetic. GAVIN BORCHERT

Fri., April 2, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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