The Philip Glass Ensemble - Music in Eight Parts & Other Works - Εικόνα

The Philip Glass Ensemble, the group formed by Philip Glass in 1968 as a laboratory for his music, lands at the Stavros Niarchos Hall for an important Athenian concert that will take us into the great composer’s unique musical universe.

Born in 1937 in Baltimore, Philip Glass is among the most influential music makers of the late 20th century. In the early 1960s he went to Paris and studied for two years with the great composer and conductor Nadia Boulanger.

Gradually, he started experimenting with many different music genres and expanded his repertoire by composing works for orchestra, as well as music for opera, dance, theater and film. By 1974, a vast body of music had become available to the Philip Glass Ensemble.

Early on, the Philip Glass Ensemble performed Glass’s experimental compositions in small galleries, as well as workshops in the restless art community in Soho, New York.

During the following 50 years, the ensemble has celebrated the bold spirit of its founder in the world’s most famous music venues. Long thought lost, Music in Eight Parts (1970) is described by Glass as “an abandoned piece,” which the composer was forced to sell to pay off debt.

In the SNFCC program, Music in Eight Parts will be joined by other landmark compositions for Philip Glass and the history of contemporary music: selections from the operas Einstein on the Beach and The Photographer, the film score Koyaanisqatsi, and Glassworks, the composer’s luminous calling card.


Michael Riesman: music director, keyboards
Lisa Bielawa: vocals, keyboard
Dan Bora: sound
Peter Hess: saxophones
Ryan Kelly: onstage sound
Mick Rossi: keyboards
Sam Sadigursky: saxophone, flute
Andrew Sterman: flute, piccolo, saxophones

By special arrangement with Philip Glass and Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc.

Please note that Philip Glass will not be performing as part of this concert.

For ages 6+

Monday 20/12 | 20.30
GNO Stavros Niarchos Hall

Pre-sale points:
•  online from the Ticket Services website here
•   by telephone: 210 7234567 (Ticket Services)


Tickets pre-sale (Members) 
Tickets pre-sale  (Public) 


Pre-sale for the Members starts on Monday 18/10 at 12.00
Pre-sale for the audience starts on Tuesday 19/10 at 12.00

Zone A: €25
Zone B: €15
Zone C: €10, concessions €5 

Concession tickets of 5€ for zone C are available to students, people aged 65+, children and young people aged up to 18 years old, the unemployed, Persons with Disabilities along with their companion, multi-child families and residents of the Municipality of Kallithea. Children can sit with their chaperones in any zone, with a concessions ticket.
On the day of the concert, concession ticket holders will be asked to show their ID, as well as supporting documentation (student card, unemployment card, family status certificate for multi-child parents, certification of disability, utility bill for residents of Kallithea). Children can sit with their chaperones in any zone, with a concessions ticket.


Important information:

  • Doors open at 19.30.
  • We suggest that you be at the location no later than 45 minutes before the commencement of the event.
  • Entrance will be possible up to 10 minutes before the event's commencement.
  • Pre-registration is required. No order of priority will be available on-site.
  • All SNFCC areas are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • For more information or clarifications, please contact the SNFCC switchboard on 216 8091000.

According to the latest measures to protect public health from the risk of spreading COVID-19, a valid vaccination certificate or a valid  disease certificate, is required for the public to enter the event venue, as the venue operates as a pure venue. The above applies to adults. Μinors from 4 to 17 years old may, alternatively, submit a statement of negative self test (24 hours), a certificate of PCR (72 hours) or rapid (48 hours) diagnostic test, in accordance with the recent government measures.

*Recovery certificates are valid for up to 6 months after the disease, for the ones that were issued until 31.10.2021, and up to 3 months after the disease, for the ones that were issued from 01.11.2021.

A parallel identity check will be carried out on the persons who show the required certificates, as provided by law.

The use of face mask and social distancing measures are mandatory in indoor and outdoor areas of the SNFCC, in accordance with Hellenic National Public Health Organization regulations.

Due to public health measures, there may be changes regarding either the staging of the event, or the maximum number of participants.

This event comes under a grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). Alongside the majority of its events, which are free thanks to a series of SNF grants, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center also organizes a number of events with affordable tickets, thus enriching its income sources and securing its long-term financial integrity.


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