Come Sing In A Philip Glass World Premiere — In Times Square!

by Anastasia Tsioulcas
May 21, 2012

Ever dream of participating in a world premiere of music by one of the world's most widely beloved and celebrated composers? Here's your big chance.

To honor Philip Glass' 75th birthday this year, we here at NPR Music commissioned Glass to create a short work that would be great fun for amateur and professional singers alike. We're inviting the public to take part in this event on June 21, which will take place at one of the world's most iconic locations: Times Square. We'll be videotaping and recording the performance, so even if you can't be in New York that day, you can still experience this premiere.

We're joining forces with a festival that has in short order become a highlight of summer: Make Music New York, which presents hundreds of free, outdoor concerts across the city right on the summer solstice, June 21.

Glass's short piece is called The New Rule and features text by the medieval Sufi poet Rumi translated by Coleman Barks. The work for eight-part mixed chorus is adapted from the composer's 1997 3-D "digital opera" Monsters of Grace. Conductor Kent Tritle, one of America's leading choral conductors, will lead the singers in the Glass and movements from Bach's B Minor Mass; you can access the Bach parts at Make Music New York.

To participate, just download the score of The New Rule.

Let us know you're coming (although a reservation is not required to attend) and learn the music in the coming weeks.

On Thursday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. ET, meet us in Father Duffy Square (the northern triangle of Times Square at Broadway and Seventh Avenue, between West 45th and 47th Streets). Arrive warmed up and ready to sing — and we hope to see and hear you there!

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit

On Now

Elena See
Listen to the Stream
  • Symphony No. 5 11:23 Ludwig van Beethoven
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Buy Now
  • Past Three o'clock; O Come, all ye Faithful; Ding Dong Merrily 11:16 Christmas Music
    Academy of St Martin in the Fields
    Neville Marriner
    Buy Now

You can now listen to Classical and Choral Music on your iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) or Android device.

Classical Notes Blog

Read more