In today’s Orange County Register, I review the Pacific Symphony’s performance of “The Passion of Ramakrishna” by Philip Glass. Here’s an excerpt.


The prolific and celebrated American composer Philip Glass, 74, is in town this month, talking, performing and listening in a pair of festivals devoted to his music. Along with several others, two of his major works will be performed, “Akhnaten” by Long Beach Opera and “The Passion of Ramakrishna” by the Pacific Symphony.

“Ramakrishna,” you may remember, was commissioned by the Pacific Symphony and first performed (once) during the opening weekend of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in 2006. This week’s four performances of the work are part of the orchestra’s annual American Composers Festival. Glass himself is in attendance, speaking at pre-concert talks, chatting with conductor Carl St.Clair on stage during the concerts and soaking up the applause at the end. He’ll take to the keyboard Monday night in Samueli Theater and give a recital of his own solo piano music.

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