About Days & Nights Festival

2016 Festival Information

All Shows are at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, CA
Shuttle Service Available to all shows from Carmel

Tickets Available Here

Thursday , September 22
7:30p –  Film: Heart of A Dog  By: Laurie Anderson
Pre-Show: Meet and Greet / Q&A with Laurie Anderson
Friday , September 23
7:30p –  Philip Glass & Laurie Anderson In Concert
11:00p –  AfterParty OpenMic @ Fernwood
Saturday, September 24
2:00p –  Lavinia Meijer on Harp with guests
7:30p –  Evening of Young Composers curated by: Nico Muhly & Philip Glass
9:00p –  New Theatre: Club Diamond
11:00p –  AfterParty OpenMic @ Fernwood
Sunday , September 25
12:30n –  Picnic
2:00p –  Jerry Quickley’s Whistle Blower with Philip Glass on Piano
CSUMB: Workshops & Lectures with Laurie Anderson and other festival guest Artists
Henry Miller Library: The Nature Connection Workshops with Victor Sanchez

2015 Press Release

Note: Throughout the week, we offer free events for the community. To browse our events, visit our Community Events page.

We’re very excited to announce our fifth year on the gorgeous Central Coast. If you were able to join us last year, you’ll remember Ira Glass and his world class dancing skills, Jerry Quickley’s powerful poetry under the redwoods, and the brilliant Brian Greene’s explanation of the theory of relativity (he made it sound so simple!). Not to mention all the community, film, and children’s events — we’re so grateful to have shared our vision and mission of the Festival and Philip Glass Center with all of you.

Not ones to rest on our laurels, we think you’ll be equally pleased with our festival this year. Jerry Quickley returns as well for the fan-favorite poetry night. In addition, Philip Glass will perform his Complete Etudes under the Big Sur sun. All this and more, September 24th to 27th!

Announcing New Partnerships with:

Schedule and details coming soon!


Sundance Film Festival 2015
Award Winning Short Films

Philip & Friends: Poetry and Music under the Redwoods
Friday, Sept 25th     Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur

With poet Jerry Quickley, dutch harpist Lavinia  Meijer, and many more artists to be announced. Shuttle service from Carmel will be available.

The Complete Etudes by Philip Glass

Sunday afternoon, Sept 27th     Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur

Performed by Philip Glass, Timo Andres, and Maki Namekawa. The event will start with a locally grown picnic lunch on the lawn of the Henry Miller Memorial Library, followed by a very personal performance of all 20 of Philip’s etudes.

PLUS! Plenty of community, film, and educational events throughout the week. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned!

Press Release, 2013 Season

Wednesday, Oct 2nd, Henry Miller Library, Big Sur, CA – 8:00p

Outdoor screening of the cult classic POWAQQATSI, under the stars at Henry Miller Memorial Library’s redwood lawn in Big Sur. In a rare joint appearance before the screening, director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass will host a Q&A with the audience. Stay after for the opening night party and chat with Philip and Godfrey.

Friday, Oct 4th, Sunset Center, Carmel, CA, – 8:00P

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

MONTEREY BAY FILM FESTIVAL Sunset Center, Carmel, CA, – 1:00p (Free)
In a new and exciting partnership, The Glass Center and CSUMB-Media-Arts will present a free screening and workshop by Actor/Director Diego Luna, tentatively scheduled for Friday the 4th of October and popular teen film program will be held on Saturday the 5th

Saturday, Oct 5th, Sunset Center, Carmel, CA

Join Philip Glass with an eclectic group of longtime collaborator Tara Hugo and the Festival Players for an evening of contemporary music.

Sunday, Oct 6th, Henry Miller Library, Big Sur, CA

With sell-out shows all over the world, rarely does one have the opportunity to “break bread” with and listen to Philip Glass on piano all in the redwoods of Big Sur. Join us for this special afternoon full of surprises.

Press Release, Summer 2012

On the heels of last year’s highly successful inaugural Days and Nights Festival the biennial two-week celebration founded and curated by Philip Glass will present two days of performances August 31-September 1 before its return in 2013. The weekend features a HD screening of Glass’ seminal film work Koyaanisqatsi followed by a Q&A with Glass and director Godfrey Reggio at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur on August 31 and a rare duet performance by Glass with world-renowned kora player Foday Musa Suso at Carmel’s Sunset Center on September 1. Tickets are on sale now at www.daysandnightsfestival.com.

Glass envisions the Days and Nights Festival as encompassing and nurturing the arts in a way that welcomes the future while exploring the seminal developments in the arts throughout history. While last year’s inaugural season reflected keystones in Glass’s career in terms of the selection of works and performers, future seasons beginning in 2013 will delve ever further into the evolution of the arts across time and space.

The Days and Nights Festival joins in the celebration of Glass’ 75th birthday season, which features performances and events across the globe encompassing every facet of the composer’s decades-long career as a preeminent American composer—opera, chamber music, orchestra music, dance, theatre works and more.

Press Release, Summer 2011

Philip Glass, one of America’s best-known composers, whose work spans five decades and a myriad of musical, theatrical and cinematic genres, will establish an annual summer festival in Carmel Valley, CA and Big Sur beginning this August. The Days and Nights Festival will present a series of performances across music, dance, theater, poetry and film in collaboration with Hidden Valley Music Seminars, General Director Peter Meckel, and the Henry Miller Library, Magnus Toren, Director—August 19-September 4. All performances—with the exception of an evening of poetry and a live Philip Glass Ensemble music and film performance at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur—are scheduled for the Hidden Valley Theatre in Carmel Valley. Tickets are on sale now at www.daysandnightsfestival.com.

Glass envisions Days and Nights Festival as encompassing and nurturing the arts in a way that welcomes the future while exploring the seminal developments in the arts throughout history. The first season reflects keystones in Glass’s career in terms of the selection of works and performers, while future seasons will delve ever further into the evolution of the arts across time and space.

The world famous beauty of Big Sur and the surrounding area will be met with a broad diversity of performances: traditional classical music repertoire will be performed alongside 20th- and 21-century works including Philip Glass Ensemble retrospective performances; Molissa Fenley & Company, longtime Glass friends and collaborators, will perform several pieces; composer John Moran will present a music and theatre duet with dancer/gymnast Saori Tsukada; films including Martin Scorcese’s Kundun and Errol Morris’ Tabloid will be screened; the interaction between film and music will be highlighted through Philip Glass Ensemble’s critically acclaimed live orchestra performance of Todd Browning’s Dracula; and an evening of poetry curated by Glass and Magnus Toren featuring readings by Jerry Quickly, Eleni Sikelianos, Francesco Levato and Mario Teutsch will take place at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. Throughout the festival Glass will be accompanied by the Days & Nights Festival players, whose lineup includes Maria Bachmann, Tim Fain, David Harding, Matt Haimovitz and Jon Klibonoff.

The festival’s Managing Director, Jim Woodard is pleased to announce a partnership with YOA (Orchestra of the Americas), a touring orchestra of young professionals based in Washington, D.C, which will contribute a traditional string quartet during the festival’s first season. They will also be performing with the Days and Nights String Quartet, thereby expanding programming to include string sextets and octets.