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On Saturday, June 22, the Peabody Essex Museum in East Indian Square, Salem An Evening with Philip Glass and Matt Haimovitz in a program includes a world premiere, Glass's Partita No. 2 for Solo Cello, which he wrote in 2010 but which has remained unperformed until this concert. The program will also include "Mad Rush," for solo piano, selections from "Tissues," and "The Orchard," from Glass's collaborative score (with Foday Musa Suso) to Jean Genet's play "The Screens."

The partita is part of an upcoming recording of Glass's cello compositions, available soon on Orange Mountain music label, which is led by Salem resident Richard Guérin. Glass will perform on piano at the concert, and with Guérin and Haimovitz, will participate in a pre-concert discussion about his work and the new recording. The new partita sat for years, unplayed. It took a 2015 visit from Haimovitz to Glass's studio to unearth it. Haimovitz says it "was a crime against music" that the piece would sit for so long, and worked through the piece with the composer. Haimovitz says the partita has a similar series of movements like the Bach suites, but rather than dance titles (Bourée, Gigue), Glass has simply numbered the movements. "There is nothing descriptive in the score," Haimovitz says. "Glass is a kindred spirit with Baroque composers, who give very little interpretive direction to the performer." Glass will forever be linked to the minimalist style, but Haimovitz points out "Philip has moved into a neo-Romantic mode with his late chamber works. Audiences may be surprised.

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