Saturday, April 3, 2010

No Tweeting During Philip Glass

I saw Philip Glass with my son tonight at the Kirkland Performance Center. I know this may come as a surprise, but I didn't tweet once during the performance. It's impossible to not notice the trend where people engage in social networking like tweeting instead of actually enjoying what they're doing. Maybe that works at a boring restaurant while you're waiting for your food to arrive, but complex music like what I heard tonight takes concentration! I can't imagine interrupting to tweet.

And, yes, the concert was awesome. I'd seem him once before, circa 1987, with a whole ensemble performing Koyaanisqatsi live. That was amazing and engrossing in a different way. This was just Glass on piano, a more intimate performance. Koyaanisqatsi live was unforgettable. I don't think this reached up to that bar, but I'll let you know in five or ten years.

Favorite pieces were a few of the seven etudes he played. He said he's written 16 of a planned 20, but he's only learned 10 of them so far (writing them is evidently easier than learning them). I also loved Night on the Balcony as well as Closing from Glassworks, which he played as an encore.