Center Stage Series: Renowned contemporary composer and pianist Philip Glass to perform at Luther April 4

Join Luther College for a rare and wonderful opportunity to experience renowned contemporary composer Philip Glass at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus. 

Tickets for the show are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors age 65 and up and $15 for youth ages 4-18, and available online through Luther's new website

Debuting a program that features his most recent etudes for piano and classics in Glass' repertoire, this concert provides a glimpse into the intricacies of the composer's work.

Speaking from the piano bench, Glass will personally introduce the program. An intimate and unique look at a visionary at work, this evening provides a fond reacquaintance for Glass fans and a perfect introduction for new audiences.

Glass has been part of the development of a style of music now referred to as "minimalism," although he prefers to refer to himself as a composer of "music with repetitive structures."

Minimalism is music based on the extended reiteration of brief musical fragments or ideas that change gradually. This repetition and gradual change has a hypnotic effect; some say it often has a "spinning" quality for listeners.

The solo piano performance will be the second performance this year intended to highlight the Center for Faith and Life's newly refurbished nine-foot Steinway.

Glass has received rave reviews from national media like The Daily Telegraph, calling Glass "The most powerful composer of our time," and The New York Times explaining, "When the subjects, collaborators or proposed performance conditions have inspired him, Mr. Glass has produced compelling and durable works."

Purchase tickets online through Luther's new website or through the Luther Ticket Office by calling (563) 387-1357. The Ticket Office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

The performance is preceded by an accompanying dinner at 5:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room on the second floor of the Dahl Centennial Union. Dinner tickets are $17 per person with an accompanying Center Stage Series performance ticket or $19 for the dinner alone. Purchase tickets online at

The menu for the dinner accompanying the Philip Glass performance is grilled pineapple and heirloom tomato salad with Italian herb vinaigrette, espresso-rubbed pork tenderloin or fried tofu with an espresso glaze, parsley and parmesan polenta, and matchstick carrots and beets, with honey-baked phyllo with a cherry-fig reduction for dessert.

Philip Glass