William Hagen (photo Tyler Rye)

Philip Glass in India

Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Sat 11 May 2024 20:15 - 22:10
Sat 11 May 2024
20:15 - 22:10
  • Sat 11 May 2024
    20:15 - 22:10
    Interval 21:00
    Grote Zaal


19:15  / Foyerdeck 1 / Pre-concert talk

20:15 / Grote Zaal / Main programme
Traditional Saraswati Vandana – Nish Din Namoon Ganpati
Jonny Greenwood Water
Philip Glass Opening from Glassworks
Traditional Shree Ram Stuti – Kuhu Kuhu Bole Koyaliya
Philip Glass The American Four Seasons


Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Daniel Bard direction & violin
William Hagen violin
Madhu Lalbahadoersing vocals, tanpura
Rohini Sahajpal sitar
Ruven Ruppik tabla, percussion

Four seasons with specific improvisations

Minimal music composer Philip Glass wrote his violin concerto The American Four Seasons as a companion piece to Vivaldi’s famous The Four Seasons. As early as the 1960s, Glass became fascinated by Indian music. In Indian ragas, the seasons have their specific improvisations and are used to evoke a particular mood or atmosphere. In this concert, ragas with traditional vocals and instruments are woven through Glass’s seasons. 

Traces of Indian music can also be heard in Water by Jonny Greenwood, the guitarist of Radiohead. He uses a vast array of both classical and contemporary instruments to create limitless soundscapes.