January 22, 2002 11:45 PM
Tonight I found myself in a plush red seat in Symphony Hall experiencing a memorable live performance of Powaqqatsi as part of a “Philip On Film” series. There were twelve musicians in the ensemble wearing black and seated in dim low lighting on the stage. Above them was a giant screen with the vivid non – stop crush of humanity 102 minute film. The work had a profound and intense effect upon me. I thoroughly enjoyed the musical performance and especially the interplay of the four keyboardists’ parts. I was in a daze afterwards with tears filling my eyes as I stood with the rest of the audience to give the peformers an ovation. During the performance, when one of the keyboardists began to sing the pure clear notes along with her fingers and especially during a particularly sublime arabesque , I was transported to the theatre in Paris where years ago I saw the intricate and powerful Philip Glass Ensemble with ALL vocalists. http://www.philipglass.com On Saturday, I’ll be attending the final work in the series, Koyaanisqatsi, at the historic Fox Theatre. This 1929 ‘Movie Palace’ is where, as a volunteer standing on a very tall ladder, I helped apply goldleaf during a restoration of the theatre when I was in college.