Book of Longing

20 October 2007 / 19:30

£25/ 30/ 35

subject to availability
 sold out

A special evening of newly commissioned work based on the poetry of Leonard Cohen.
Conceived by Philip Glass over 6 years ago after Cohen himself wrote him most of the writings now published as Book of Longing, this music is the culmination of the mutual admiration between two celebrated and uncompromising artists.

Glass sets Cohen’s deeply personal and provocative words to a new score, performing with a new ensemble of singers and musicians.

Commissioned by Luminato Festival of Arts and Creativity, Toronto; 2008 Adelaide Festival of Arts, Barbican Centre, London; Lincoln Center Festival 2007 New York; Stanford Lively Arts, Stanford University; University of Texas, Austin; Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, with additional support from Ravinia Festival.

There will be no interval in tonight's concert, which will last approximately 1hour 30 minutes.

Produced by the Barbican

Pre-concert talk 6.00pm
Philip Glass and Leonard Cohen in conversation.
Free admission and available only to ticket holders for the Book of Longing concert on Sat 20 Oct 07.
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To read the Guardian blog on Philip Glass and Leonard Cohen click here.

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