Did you know that there’s going to be a Philip Glass Festival in town? I thought not.

The event came together partway through the season, more or less, when Long Beach Opera and the Pacific Symphony realized that both organizations would be performing big Glass works in the same month — “Akhnaten” and “The Passion of Ramakrishna,” respectively. Someone’s mom volunteered to make the curtains, someone’s uncle made a poster and somebody else knew someone who knew a guy that went to high school with Glass and — presto — a festival was born. Glass himself will attend at least some of the events (we hope so at least — he’s scheduled to perform his own piano music in Samueli).

This kind of thing should happen more often of course — musical institutions cooperating with each other, that is.

A quick rundown of the festival events is below (click on Read more):

Festival Schedule:

Sun. February 27

Koyaanisqatsi – LBOpera Cinema at Art Theatre (Long Beach)

Sat. March 5

Akhnaten and His World – LBO Coincidence at UCLA

Sun. March 6

Powaqqatsi – LBOpera Cinema at Art Theatre

Thur-Sat. March 10, 11, 12

The Passion of Ramakrishna & more – PSO Concert at Segerstrom Concert Hall (Costa Mesa)

Sat. March 12

An Afternoon with Philip Glass – LBO Coincidence at LACMA

Sun. March 13

The Passion of Ramakrishna – PSO Connections Concert at Segerstrom Concert Hall

Sun. March 13

Behind the Score: The Illusionist – PSO Movie event with Philip Glass at Lido Theater (Newport)

Sun. March 14
Glass Plays Glass
– PSO Piano Recital at Samueli Theater (Costa Mesa)

Sat. March 19
– LBO opera at Terrace Theater (Long Beach)

Sun. March 20
– LBOpera Cinema at Art Theatre

Sun. March 27
– LBO opera at Terrace Theater