Glass is “one of the most commercially successful, and critically reviled, composers of his generation,” according to Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Focusing on the works being performed in Carolina Performing Arts' Glass at 80 concerts in February 2017, we will study this prolific composer of music in all classical genres, including some he invented himself. Philip Glass says that he was influenced as much by East Asia and by drama, dance, art, and cinema as he was by music (though he does have very thorough training in Western classical music). So, he invented new ways of conceiving music, and his music was a surprise to musicians. Classes will guide all listeners into Glass's world of music and will include guest lecturers on the CPA series, cinema, and drama. We'll also glance at the other composers whose careers started out with minimalism: Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and John Adams. Lecture (plus questions). Listening to Music or Other Audio. Viewing Videos.