2013 Festival Schedule

Here is the schedule for our 2013 Festival. Click the “ticket” links below to purchase tickets.

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Wednesday Oct 2

Powaqqatsi VIP Meet & Greet, and Screening and Live Q&A with Godfrey Reggio and Philip Glass (VIP Ticket)

Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur
VIP ticket-holders will have the opportunity to arrive early and chat with Philip Glass and Godfrey Reggio in an informal, intimate meet and greet.

$50 (Meet + Film) Purchase Tickets Here
Powaqqatsi Screening and Live Q&A with Godfrey Reggio and Philip Glass (General Admission)

Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur

$35 (Film) Purchase Tickets Here

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Join Philip Glass and Godfrey Reggio for our Festival Opening Event, complete with Q&A and HD screening in Henry Miller Library’s outdoor theater.

Hailed by audiences and critics around the world as mesmerizing (The Detroit News), this second installment of writer/director Godfrey Reggio’s apocalyptic qatsi trilogy is “quite simply one of the most magnificent visual and aural spectacles ever made” (L.A. Daily News)! Combining stunning cinematography with the exquisite music of award-winning composer Philip Glass, Powaqqatsi is a breathtaking experience working on many levels: “emotional, spiritual, intellectual and aesthetic” (The Hollywood Reporter)! Bold, haunting and epic in scale, this extraordinary film calls into question everything we think we know about contemporary society. By juxtaposing images of ancient cultures with those of modern life, Powaqqatsi masterfully portrays the human cost of progress. It is a film that engages the soul as well as the mind; it is truly an absorbing experience.


Friday Oct 4

Film Screening: Rebels with a Cause

Studio 105, Sunset Center, Carmel
Part of the CSUMB Monterey Bay Film Society Screening Series. Followed immediately by Q&A with filmmakers. Details below.


Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 9.34.54 AMBeginning in the 1950s, a national movement was born of principles that may seem obvious today. Unconvinced by land developers who promoted residential construction as unmitigated progress, citizens began banding together to preserve open spaces near where they lived. Narrated by Frances McDormand, Rebels with a Cause is filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto’s retelling of the story of the schemers and dreamers who fought to keep developers from taking over the breathtaking landscape of the northern California coast. Rebels with a Cause describes in fascinating detail how dedicated conservationists raised Californians’ awareness of their power to promote change. Rebels with a Cause had its World Premiere at the 2012 Mill Valley Film Festival where it won the Audience Favorite Award for Best Documentary – Active Cinema. Read more about the film here.


Film Screening: Homegrown Films

Studio 105, Sunset Center, Carmel
Part of the CSUMB Monterey Bay Film Society Screening Series. Followed by Q&A with filmmakers. Details below.


Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 9.38.31 AMThe debut of the region’s first ever program of locally made films includes two titles that explore primary connections among parents and children in relation to specific landscapes. Created by international award-winning animator, Soyeon Kim, Ahco on the Road is a rich and haunting animation which draws its inspiration from a nature documentary. Ahco, a baby elephant, is separated from her mother, and must make a perilous journey to try to find her way back home. Read more about the film here.

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 9.37.34 AMDirected by international independent filmmaker Luis Camara (and starring his son and wife, who also co-wrote the script), Silencio is a poetic, magical and sometimes tragic immersion into the imagination of a child whose mother is about to abandon him. Drawn into a restaging of the Don Juan story in Qeuratero, Mexico, the characters navigate a world re-arranged by a childs’ consciousness. Both filmmakers live and work in Monterey. Read more about the film here.


Evening One of our String Ensemble Concert Series, featuring Classical and Contemporary Work

Sunset Center, Carmel
From Classical to Contemporary, with a twist only Philip Glass can provide, our first evening at the Sunset Center features works by Schubert, Schumann, Glass, Muhly, and Dessner.

$70.00 / $50.00 Purchase Tickets Here

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Chamber music returns to the festival with the world’s top players gathering to form Philip’s own “Festival Players” With Maria Bachmann, violin / Jesse Mills, violin / David Harding, viola / Matt Haimovitz, cello / Jon Klibonoff, piano and selections from Schubert, Schumann, Muhly, Dessner, and Philip Glass.

Franz Peter Schubert was among the first of the Romantics, and the composer who, more than any other, brought the art song (lied) to artistic maturity. During his short but prolific career, he produced masterpieces in nearly every genre, all characterized by rich harmonies, an expansive treatment of classical forms, and a seemingly endless gift for melody.[allmusic.com]

One of the great composers of the nineteenth century, Robert Schumann was the quintessential artist whose life and work embody the idea of Romanticism in music. Schumann was uncomfortable with larger musical forms, such as the symphony and the concerto (nevertheless, representative works in these genres contain moments of great beauty), expressing the full range of his lyrical genius in songs and short pieces for piano. In his songs, as critics have remarked, Schumann attained the elusive union of music and poetry which Romantic poets and musicians defined as the ultimate goal of art.[allmusic.com]

A prolific and extraordinary composer, Nico Muhly has achieved considerable success with the choral work Bright Mass with Canons (2005) and film score for The Reader (2008), and achieved international acclaim with his first opera Two Boys (2011), a composition that unveiled a major new voice in opera. Remarkably, all these works and many more were written before Muhly was 30. Besides opera, film, and choral music, he has written orchestral scores, various vocal works, and much instrumental fare, including percussion music and solo piano music. Muhly’s style is made up of minimalist and romantic elements, and in both his thematic character and choral music he acknowledges the influence of the Anglican choral tradition.[allmusic.com]

Bryce Dessner is a Brooklyn based composer, guitarist, and curator primarily known as a member of The National, a popular indie rock band. Having collaborated with Kronos Quartet, Johnny Greenwood (Radiohead), and many others, Bryce is a rising star in cross-genre compositions

Program (subject to change):

  1. Franz Schubert – Nocturne, for Piano Trio
  2. Philip Glass – The Orchard & France, for Violin and Piano
  3. Nico Muhly – String Quartet
  4. Bryce Dessner – String Quartet
  5. Philip Glass – Head On, for Piano TrioIntermission
  6. Robert Schumann – Piano Quintet


Saturday Oct 5

Film Screening A Sense of Place: Young Filmmakers

Studio 105, Sunset Center, Carmel
We are proud to partner with CSU Monterey Bay to present 18 short films by young filmmakers from around the world.


Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 9.43.19 AMYoung Filmmakers: The popular Monterey Bay Teen Film Festival has migrated to the Days and Nights festival, bringing with it a new one-hour program of 18 films in which young filmmakers explore their voices, their dreams, and their environments. This year’s program features films from Bangledesh, in which teenagers create lightbulbs for slums from repurposed plastic bottles; Palestine, where teenagers navigate rapid changes to their physical and political landscapes; Watsonville, where students create hip hop jams about the pleasures of belonging to the Chemistry club; Seaside, where students fight the pressures to give up on their dreams of studying art in school; and more from Gonzalez, Los Angeles, Oakland and from inside Salinas Juvenile Hall. All of the locally made films were created in workshops that will continue through an ongoing partnership of CSU Monterey Bay with the Philip Glass Center for Arts, Science and the Environment. Read more about the film here.


Film Screening: William and the Windmill

Studio 105, Sunset Center, Carmel
Part of the CSUMB Monterey Bay Film Society Screening Series. Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Ben Nabors. Details below.


Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 2.50.10 PMFourteen-year-old Malawian William Kamkwamba teaches himself to build a power-generating windmill from junk parts, successfully rescuing his family from poverty and famine. He becomes an energy icon for the developing world and meets American entrepreneur and mentor Tom Reilly, who helps him imagine a new future. Directed by Ben Nabors, William and the Windmill won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 South By Southwest Film Festival. View Trailer.

Read more about the film here.



Evening Two of our String Ensemble Concert Series, featuring Tara Hugo Sings Philip Glass

Sunset Center, Carmel
London West End acclaimed vocalist Tara Hugo sings the music of Philip Glass with our world-class String Quintet.

$70.00 / $50.00 Purchase Tickets Here

Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 1.07.00 PMOur second evening at the Sunset Center features a unique and engaging performance, “Tara Hugo Sings Philip Glass.” Critically acclaimed Laurence Olivier nominee from London, Texas born Tara Hugo sings songs from the recently released album, which has garnered international praise, as has the singer-actress on stage including

“Hugo’s stand out performance in Glass’ Book of Longing, the composer’s song cycle of Leonard Cohen’s poems.” Opera News

“Sexually charged, memory-drenched and riding high on a sense of mortality” Chicago Sun-Times

“A flexibility that individually drew on pop, jazz, theater and classical vocal styles, but melded into a coherent whole” New York Times

“Tara Hugo slinks onto stage and the audience gets the theatrical jolt it has waited for all night” — Variety London

“She gives a credible, stirring, and profoundly compassionate voice to Philip Glass… the fascination and beauty of the music is ultimately its coherency. Everything is a piece — a shower of music, singer, instruments, and sound.” — BR Klassik

She will be accompanied by our world-class “Festival Players.” With Maria Bachmann, violin / Jesse Mills, violin / David Harding, viola / Matt Haimovitz, cello / Jon Klibonoff, piano.

After Tara’s performance, the Festival Players will perform a piano quintet by César Franck.

Sunday Oct 6

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Closing Picnic, catered by The Big Sur Bakery

Meal reservations full, “Show Only” tickets still available

1:00pm to 3:00pm
Philip Glass solo concert

Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur
An intimate solo piano concert with Philip Glass.

$60.00 Purchase Tickets Here
Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 9.45.48 AMFor our closing event, we will host a picnic lunch and solo concert at Big Sur’s Henry Miller Library. For those who haven’t been to the Library, its feeling of tranquility is truly disarming — surrounded by old growth redwood, the Library’s lawn is a place to let go and relax.Lunch will be catered by the world-famous Big Sur Bakery, and we’ll provide both vegetarian and omnivorous meal options. For entertainment, Philip will play a few solo piano pieces on the outdoor stage. And if that wasn’t enough, we’re planning to have a surprise or two to make this closing event an unforgettable one.