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Philip Glass String Quartet No. 5 Set for Mississippi College Concert

March 22, 2013

Through his operas, his symphonies and compositions for his own ensembles, Philip Glass has made an extraordinary impact on the musical life of his times.

As part of the James S. Sclater Chamber Series named for the award-winning composer and retired Mississippi College music professor, the Philip Glass String Quartet No. 5 will perform in concert on the Clinton campus April 12.

The program will feature selections from the quartet as well as pieces by Mozart and Brahms performed by members of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. that evening at the Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall in Aven Hall.

Born in 1937, Glass grew up in Baltimore and studied at the University of Chicago, the Julliard School and in Aspen with Darius Milhaud. He also studied in Europe and worked closely with sitar virtuoso and composer Ravi Shankar. In the past 25 years, Glass has composed more than 20 operas. He’s collaborated with such artists as Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Yo-Yo Ma and Doris Lessing. Glass presents lectures, workshops and solo keyboard performances around the world.

Members of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performing at the concert include James Sclater and James Graves, both on clarinet, Charlie Patton on cello, Ausra Jasineviciute on viola, Milena Rusanova and Vincent Massimino, both on violin, and MC music professor Angie Willoughby on piano.

Tickets are $25 for general admission and $10 for students from any school. The series is a tribute to James Sclater, who retired in 2010 after four decades of service to the MC Department of Music. The Clinton resident served as MC’s coordinator of music theory and mentored hundreds of aspiring musicians.

Another must-see music event for Clintonians and others in metro Jackson will be the Mississippi College Singers presenting their spring concert on April 14 at Northside Baptist Church in Clinton. The 7 p.m. program that Sunday evening is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dottie Serio at the MC Department of Music at 601.925.3440 or Serio@mc.edu.

Photo: James Sclater

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