Philip Glass, Steve Reich End Feud in the Name of Nonesuch’s 50th Anniversary

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 05.14.14 in News

At some point in the ’70s, Steve Reich and Philip Glass stopped talking to one another. No one knows why, although it’s fair to assume it had something to do with the simple fact that they’ve both been credited for mastering the art of minimalism several times over, an approach now practiced by everyone from techno producers to neo-classical composers. Whatever their problem was, it’s seemingly over now that Nonesuch Records is about to mark its 50th anniversary with a sprawling program at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Dubbed Nonesuch Records at BAM: Celebrating a Label Without Labels, the nearly month-long concert series includes the first time Reich and Glass have shared a stage in more than 30 years. According to a press release, the iconic composers — both of which are 77 years young — will “reunite on stage, joining their respective ensembles along with composer-pianists Nico Muhly and Timo Andres, Synergy Vocals, and others for a three-program retrospective of their works.”

Tickets for the pair’s trance-inducing concerts (priced $30-$95) go on sale Wednesday, May 28, along with such immediate standouts as the following:

- Alarm Will Sound attacking the music of John Adams, Tyondai Braxton, Donnacha Dennehy and, well, Steve Reich (Sep. 12-13)

- An enchanted evening with Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt and Iron & Wine (Sep. 19)

- The first-ever collaboration between Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet, inspired in part by Hurricane Sandy (Sep. 23-27)

- Robert Plant achieving liftoff with his new band the Sensational Space Shifters (Sep. 27-28)

Now that we’ve addressed a handful of must-sees, here’s a complete breakdown straight from the source:

Sep 9–11: The Philip Glass Ensemble & Steve Reich and Musicians (Howard Gilman Opera House)
Sep 9: Brad Mehldau (Harvey Theater)
Sep 10: Brad Mehldau & Chris Thile (Harvey Theater)
Sep 11: Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish (Harvey Theater)
Sep 12 & 13: Alarm Will Sound (Harvey Theater)
Sep 12 & 13: Youssou N’Dour (Howard Gilman Opera House)
Sep 18: Rhiannon Giddens (Howard Gilman Opera House)
Sep 19: Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt, and Iron and Wine (Howard Gilman Opera House)
Sep 20: Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Amidon, and Olivia Chaney (Howard Gilman Opera House)
Sep 23–27: Landfall, Laurie Anderson, Kronos Quartet (Harvey Theater)
Sep 24: Rokia Traoré, Toumani Diabaté, and Sidiki Diabaté (Howard Gilman Opera House)
Sep 25 & 26: Caetano Veloso (Howard Gilman Opera House)
Sep 27 & 28: Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters

BAMcinématek will present film screenings hosted by Nonesuch artists. Details to be announced.

Additionally, The Black Keys will bring their Turn Blue World Tour to Brooklyn to join the celebration, performing down the street at Barclays Center on Wednesday, September 24. For more information on that, please visit