Portland Opera, NW Film Center and PICA Join Forces to Celebrate the West Coast Premiere of ORPHÉE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 2, 2009
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508

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PORTLAND OPERA, NW FILM CENTER AND PICA JOIN FORCES
TO CELEBRATE THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OF

 

Orphee and Philip Glass

 

Special events surrounding the premiere include

a visit to Portland by composer Philip Glass


Portland, Ore.—In a unique collaboration celebrating the West Coast premiere of Philip Glass’ Orphée, Portland Opera, NW Film Center and PICA (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art) will present a variety of events related to the opera and its composer.  Special functions include a screening of the film the opera was based on, Jean Cocteau’s 1949 film Orpheus and Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts at the NW Film Center and Philip Glass himself will be in Portland to present the lecture Creativity and Collaboration: An Evening with Philip Glass.
 
One of the most influential composers alive today, Glass has consistently made “art” music appealing and available to the general public.  His film scores for Kundun, The Hours and Notes on a Scandal were all nominated for Academy Awards.  Glass has a history in Portland with PICA and has a strong following here.

"We're very proud to produce Philip Glass' Orphée.  It's also a great pleasure to join forces with PICA and NW Film Center in sharing it with an even wider community. Orphée is a work that will appeal to opera goers and newcomers alike—a compelling love story, with music that is spirited and engaging, all presented in a visually eye-popping way.  Philip Glass has an extraordinary history in Portland and his presence here for a number of special events will add an entirely new dimension to Orphée.  It's not often that patrons get the chance to meet one of our composers, in this case one of the most often-produced composers of our time!"
                    —Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano

 "Philip Glass has a long standing relationship to PICA and to Portland, and we're excited to help bring him back to town. Audiences here have seen his solo piano concerts, live film scores, and his premier digital opera with Robert Wilson, Monsters of Grace. We applaud the Opera's decision to mount Orphée and could not pass up the opportunity to help build context for this work and introduce audiences to his staged operatic work."
                            —PICA Executive Director Victoria Frey

Creativity and Collaboration: An Evening with Philip Glass | Nov. 3 

Through his operas, symphonies, film scores, experimental theater, compositions for his own ensembles, and wide-ranging collaborations with artists—from Robert Wilson, Sol Lewitt, Twyla Tharp, and Allen Ginsberg to Yo-Yo Ma, David Bowie, and Godfrey Reggio—Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of our time. The evening will feature film clips, live piano selections, and lively discussion. Glass’ unique sense of curiosity, exploration, and risk-taking promises to expand our perspective on his work, being an artist, and on the nature of creative inquiry.
Co-presented by Portland Opera, PICA and the NW Film Center.

11/03/09  7:00pm | Kridel Ballroom | 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205.   
$25 general, $20 members
Tickets can be purchased online at www.nwfilm.org or by calling the Portland Opera Box Office at 503-241-1802.

*Meet Philip Glass at a post event reception.  Limited availability for Portland Opera, PICA and NW Film Center subscriber/members.  Tickets, $75, can be purchased by subscriber/members at the Portland Opera Box Office or at www.nwfilm.org.


Portland Opera and NW Film Center present Jean Cocteau's Orpheus | Oct. 17

Prior to each Portland Opera production, NW Film Center will present a film that complements the upcoming opera.  For Orphée, that will be Cocteau's Orpheus, the 1949 film that inspired Glass’ Orphée.  Presented as an optional double feature with Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast for an additional $2.

10/17/09  8:45pm |  Whitsell Auditorium | 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205.   
$8 GA, $7 PAM members, students, seniors, $5 Friends of Film Center
Tickets can be purchased online at www.nwfilm.org


Portland Opera and NW Film Center present Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts | Nov. 1

One of the most influential composers of our time, Philip Glass is widely credited with bringing art music to the masses. This film explores his creative process in opera, concert, and film (Errol Morris, Woody Allen, and Martin Scorsese are among the interviewees), and offers a uniquely intimate view of an inquisitive and deeply spiritual man.

11/01/09  7:00pm |  Whitsell Auditorium | 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205.   
$8 GA, $7 PAM members, students, seniors, $5 Friends of Film Center
Tickets can be purchased online at www.nwfilm.org