The Philip Glass Center for the Arts, Science, and the Environment
Board of Directors
Philip was born in Baltimore, Maryland, is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School. Before pursuing a career in music, Philip studied math and philosophy. His prolific music career began in the early 1960s, when Philip spent two years of intensive study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and while there, transcribed Ravi Shankar’s Indian music into Western notation. By 1974, Philip had a number of innovative projects, creating a large collection of new music for The Philip Glass Ensemble, and for the Mabou Mines Theater Company. This period culminated in Music in Twelve Parts, and the landmark opera, Einstein on the Beach for which he collaborated with Robert Wilson. Since Einstein, Philip has expanded his repertoire to include music for opera, dance, theater, chamber ensemble, orchestra, and film. His scores have received Academy Award nominations (Kundun, The Hours, Notes on a Scandal) and a Golden Globe (The Truman Show). Philip’s Symphony No. 7 and Symphony No. 8, along with Waiting for the Barbarians, an opera based on the book by J.M. Coetzee, premiered in 2005. In April 2007, the English National Opera, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Opera, remounted Glass’ Satyagraha, which appeared in New York in April 2008. Philip’s opera Kepler, based on the life and work of Johannes Kepler and commissioned by Linz 2009, Cultural Capital of Europe, and Landestheater Linz, premiered in September 2009 in Linz, Austria and in November 2009 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Symphony #9 was completed in 2011 and premiered in Linz, Austria on January 1, 2012 by the Bruckner Orchestra, followed by a U.S. premiere in New York at Carnegie Hall on January 31, 2012 as part of the composer’s 75th birthday celebration. Symphony #10 received its European premiere in France in the summer of 2012. In August of 2011, Philip launched the inaugural season of The Days And Nights Festival, a multi-disciplinary arts festival in Carmel / Big Sur, California. His latest opera, The Perfect American, premiered in Madrid in January 2013. Given that Philip has based some of his music on such luminaries as Ghandi, Einstein and Galileo, it is not surprising that he has collaborated and maintains friendships with a rich variety of artists, writers, film producers, scientists, philosophers, and environmentalists, the ideas of whom influence his inventive composing.
Philip has always been inspired by the intersection of ideas. This, plus his innate curiosity and his connections with a diverse range of people and disciplines coalesced with an interest in making an expanded and enduring contribution to society. The result is The Philip Glass Center for the Arts, Science, and the Environment, a center dedicated to gathering the world’s leaders in the fields of art, science, and the environment for a broad array of interdisciplinary activities including performances, seminars, and educational programs that inspire and motivate the public to become engaged with matters vital to the future of the natural environment and the quality of human existence.
Kären is currently an Associate Principal with AMS Planning & Research, which she joined in 2010 after many years of working in the arts, libraries and senior administrative and planning roles in higher education. At AMS, she has participated in a variety a projects, including strategic planning for Purchase College (NY) and Los Angeles Music Theater (CA), business planning for Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) and most recently, a concept, market and feasibility analysis for a proposed Great Basin Native American Cultural Center (Reno, NV). Prior to AMS, Kären served as Assistant Vice President for the Arts at Stanford University. In this role, she helped lead the Stanford Arts Initiative, as well as the creation of the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts. Stanford Lively Arts, Stanford’s arts presenting entity, also reported to her and she played a central role in the programming and planning for the new Bing Concert Hall, an 844-seat music listening hall that opened in early 2013.
From 2001 to 2008, Kären served as the Executive Dean for the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford. In this capacity, she oversaw a budget in excess of $300 million and helped facilitate the work of 28 academic departments and myriad programs and centers housed in over 60 buildings, including Stanford’s arts departments and programs. Prior to that, she headed the Stanford Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound as well as various other library and computer related management positions. Kären also taught as a part-time Lecturer in the Music Department, teaching a course in Music Bibliography to incoming graduate students every fall quarter from 1987 until 2002.
Ed, who holds a BA in Nonprofit Management and Dance and was awarded a scholarship to the Ailey School of American Dance, was most recently the Executive Director of ISSUE Project Room, based in New York City, where Yoko Ono serves as the honorary Chair. ISSUE is a pioneering performance center, presenting projects by both emerging and established experimental artists that expand the boundaries of artistic practice and stimulate critical dialogue about art and culture in the broader community. ISSUE plays a vital role in NYC’s cultural ecology, facilitating the commission and premiere of new works and presenting a diverse array of artists working across the disciplines of music, sound, dance, film, performance and literature. Under Ed’s leadership, ISSUE became a key player in New York City’s experimental music world. Prior to that, Ed had extensive curatorial experience as Company-Director of VOLUME in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Volume functions as a catalyst for interdisciplinary new media work through exhibitions, performances, events, lectures, and publications.
Ed’s other careers have included: Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Saybrook University in San Francisco; Director of Development and then Director of Development and Marketing of the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California; Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the San Francisco Art Institute; Acting Director of Development of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; Director of Special Projects of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation of Los Angeles; and Director of Development of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco.