The Days and Nights Festival is proud to announce its 2011 musical lineup, featuring celebrated artists from around the world:

Philip Glass

Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times. Tireless in his efforts, Mr. Glass continues to pursue music, education, and conservation with the Days and Nights Festival.

Philip Glass Ensemble

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. Since, the Ensemble has performed on four continents in some of the most prestigious music festivals and concert venues throughout the world. This year, the PGE will perform an original Glass score for the 1931 film, Dracula, while the film plays on an outdoor screen. The Ensemble will also take the Festival on a two day, 40-year retrospective, covering work from Einstein on the Beach, Glassworks, and Koyanisqqatsi.

Days and Nights Festival Players

Violinists Maria Bachmann and Tim Fain, violist David Harding, cellist Matt Haimovitz, and pianist Jon Klibonoff form the Days and Nights Festival Players, and will present a series of chamber music for this year’s Festival. The musical programs include Schubert, Bartók, Mendelssohn, Schoenberg, and Philip Glass — including his Fifth Quartet and a new piece, entitled Pendulum.

YOA: Orchestra of the Americas

YOA is a world-class symphony orchestra of gifted young musicians, ages 18 to 30, representing more than 20 countries in the Western Hemisphere. YOA brings together energetic, talented musicians to pursue excellence and celebrate cultural diversity as a catalyst for social change. Members of the YOA will join the Days and Nights Festival Players for two evenings.

For full description of the musical performances this year, please visit the 2011 Festival Schedule page.