Philip Glass, Tim Fain play OZ

Philip Glass (seated at piano) and Tim Fain (w/violin) will perform at OZ. Photo by Brian Hall

Philip Glass (seated at piano) and Tim Fain (w/violin) will perform at OZ.
Photo by Brian Hall

OZ, Nashville’s groundbreaking new contemporary arts center, brings the legendary composer and pianist Philip Glass to Nashville for a remarkably intimate duo evening of chamber music with dynamic young violinist Tim Fain. The concert will feature compositions spanning Glass’s career, including works for solo piano and solo violin, and duos.

‘An Evening of Chamber Music Featuring Philip Glass and Tim Fain’ offers Nashville and regional audiences a rare opportunity to experience, firsthand and at close range, one of the most influential composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, performing his own work. Concertgoers will also witness the exceptional artistry and virtuosity of Tim Fain, who is on a sharp rise of his own.

Philip Glass was born in Baltimore, Md., and is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School. By 1974, Glass had a number of innovative projects, creating a large collection of new music for The Philip Glass Ensemble, and for the Mabou Mines Theatre Company, evolving a new musical style featuring extended repetitive structures dubbed ‘minimalism.’ 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 (which had full revivals in 1984, 1992 and 2012), Glass has continued to expand his repertoire to include music for opera, dance, theatre, chamber ensemble, orchestra, and film. His scores have received Academy Award nominations (Martin Scorsese’s Kundun, The Hours, Notes on a Scandal) and a Golden Globe (The Truman Show). Glass continues to compose soundtracks for films, and his music permeates the dance world.

Over the past 25 years, Glass has composed more than 20 operas, eight symphonies and multiple concertos for pianos, violin, timpani and saxophone. His recent opera, The Perfect American, about the death of Walt Disney premiered at the Teatro Real, Madrid in 2013. In August 2011 Glass launched the annual ‘The Days And Nights Festival,’ a multi-disciplinary arts festival in Carmel and Big Sur, California.

With his adventuresome spirit and vast musical gifts, Tim Fain, an Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning violinist, has emerged as a mesmerizing new presence on the music scene. He was seen on screen and heard on the Grammy – nominated soundtrack of the hit film Black Swan, and dubbed the violin playing of the lead character in the film 12 Years a Slave, as he did with Richard Gere’s violin in the film Bee Season.

At OZ, the rich relationship between these artists (who first met in 2007 when Fain was the featured violinist in Book of Longing), Glass’s song cycle based on the poetry and artwork of Leonard Cohen will be on full display.

Performances will take place at 8 pm on Friday, June 20; and Saturday, June 21. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online at . The concert runs 80 minutes with no intermission. OZ is located at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle in Nashville, Tenn.