Pacific Symphony to play music of Glass

COSTA MESA — Renowned American composer Philip Glass is the subject of the Pacific Symphony's annual American Composers Festival (ACF), which begins Thursday night in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa.

The festival ends Monday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Samueli Theater, with Glass playing his own works on piano.

ACF, a symphony event since 2000, focuses on how Glass was influenced by India's music and philosophy. It is part of the first-ever Southern California Philip Glass Festival, which began Feb. 27 and runs through March 27 and is in partnership with the Long Beach Opera and the Costa Mesa-based Pacific Symphony.

This year, ACF includes a Q&A with Glass in Newport Beach on Sunday about his work scoring the 2006 film "The Illusionist."

The influential Glass, 74, is widely associated for his minimalist style of composition — the use of scant melody, frequently repeated over long stretches, which can create a trance-like mood.

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—Bradley Zint

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