Philip Glass Ensemble

The Philip Glass Ensemble is:

Philip GlassComposer & Keyboards
Kurt MunkacsiSound Design (member since 1970)
Michael RiesmanMusic Director & Keyboards (member since 1974)
Jon GibsonWoodwinds (member since 1969)
Dan DrydenLive Sound Mix (member since 1983)
Lisa BielawaVocals & Keyboards (member since 1992)
Andrew StermanWoodwinds (member since 1992)
Stephen ErbLive Sound Mix (member since 2004)
Mick RossiPercussion & Keyboards (member since 2004)
David CrowellWoodwinds (member since 2007)

Established by composer Philip Glass, the first performance by the Philip Glass Ensemble was held in May 1969 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, City. Embraced first by the visual art community working in SoHo in the early 1970’s, the early concerts performed by the Philip Glass Ensemble were considered visual as well as musical events and were often performed in art galleries, artist lofts, and museum spaces rather than traditional performing art centers.

Since that time, the members of the PGE are recognized as the premiere performers of Philip Glass’ compositions and continue to be an inspiration for new work. Over the past 30 years, the group has performed on four continents in some of the world’s most prestigious music festivals and concert venues. They have been featured in Philip Glass’ opera Einstein on the Beach as well as the music theater projects Hydrogen Jukebox; 1000 Airplanes on the Roof; The Photographer; La Belle et la BĂȘte; and Monsters of Grace.

For more information on the Ensemble, please visit the Pomegranate Arts site.

2011 Festival Schedule for the Philip Glass Ensemble:

Thu, Sept 1


1931 film Dracula w/ Philip Glass Ensemble @ Henry Miller Library

The Festival visits the Henry Miller Library again for an evening of outdoor film and music. The 1931 classic film, Dracula, will be shown on the Library’s brand new outdoor film stage, with original musical score performed live by Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble. Enjoy a hauntingly beautiful night under Big Sur’s starry canopy.

Listen to a preview of the original score here:

Please note that the Henry Miller Library has limited seating capacity. Early ticket purchases are strongly advised.

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Fri, Sept 2


40 Year Retrospective 1 w/ Philip Glass Ensemble

Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble will present a collection of work spanning Mr. Glass’s career. Including highlights from Glassworks and Einstein on the Beach, the first evening of this retrospective will be a remarkable walk down memory lane.

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$45, $35
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Sat, Sept 3


40 Year Retrospective 2 w/ Philip Glass Ensemble

Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble will present a second night of their 40 year retrospective, with highlights from the Koyanisqqatsi and Truman Show score.

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$45, $35
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Dracula performance takes place at:
Henry Miller Memorial Library
Highway One
Big Sur, CA 93920

Retrospective performances take place at:
Hidden Valley Music Seminars
88 West Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924