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Composer Philip Glass At 80

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Composer Philip Glass is one of the most influential musicians in the world, but his work wasn’t always so well-received. His minimalist style was unconventional and disruptive in the 60’s and 70’s. But over time Glass became an icon and wrote award-winning film scores and operas.

Glass is also known for his collaborations with other musicians as well as artists, dancers and thinkers across the globe. A festival at UNC-Chapel Hill celebrates the life and legacy of Glass. Host Frank Stasio talks with Glass about his 80th birthday, the process of composition and his many collaborations.

A question and answer session with Phillip Glass will take place at Carolina Performing Arts at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7. You can live stream the event on Facebook.

Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.