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|Philip Glass Opera Topic of Multi-media Presentation at Santa Monica Library|
By Jorge Casuso
February 16, 2017 -- American composer Philp Glass' opera "Akhnaten," which will be the topic of discussion at the Santa Monica Library Saturday, merges the ancient and ultra-modern.
The opera -- which sets ancient texts to an often relentless minimalist style popularized four decades ago by the celebrated composer -- tells the tale of the Egyptian pharaoh and his Queen Nefertiti who abandoned polytheism for the worship of the solar deity Aten.
The multimedia talk at 3 p.m. in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium will discuss last year's production of "Akhnaten" by the LA Opera -- which was called "an exultant (visual) mess" by the Los Angeles Times and a triumphant "must see" by San Francisco Classical Voice.
The third opus in a trilogy of "portrait operas" Glass composed between the mid- 1970s and mid-80s, "Akhnaten features a "mesmerizing score filled with driving rhythms, powerful choruses, and exquisite ensembles," according to a statement announcing last November's production.
“Akhnaten's" musical style is more varied and accessible than its predecessor's, giving the opera a more traditional "romantic" quality.
The library program is free and all ages are welcome. Space is limited and on a first-arrival basis.
The event is presented by The Living Room . . . a place for adults program series. For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.
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