Happy birthday Philip Glass

On his 70th birthday, Philip Glass will be well celebrated in the Bay Area, with events small and great — the most important, of course, is the San Francisco Opera’s commissioned world-premiere presentation of Glass’ “Appomattox” in October at the War Memorial Opera House.

Performances are Oct. 5, Oct. 10, Oct. 14, Oct. 16, Oct. 18, Oct. 20 and Oct. 24. Tickets are $15 to $275. Call (415) 864-3330 or visit www.sfopera.com.

The former Manhattan taxi driver is now all over the musical map, all around the world, but especially locally.

At 8 p.m. Sept. 28, Glass will perform a Herbst Theatre recital in San Francisco with cellist Wendy Sutter, presented by San Francisco Performances and featuring the local premiere of Glass’ “Songs and Poems for Cello.” Tickets are $30 to $45. Call (415) 392-2545 or visit www.performances.org.

After the beginning of the “Appomattox” run on Oct. 5, Stanford Lively Arts opens its 2007-08 season at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 with the West Coastpremiere of “Book of Longing,” Glass’ work based on the poetry and images of Leonard Cohen, at the Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $18 to $70. Call (650) 725-2787 or visit www.livelyarts.stanford.edu.

Glass and Cohen also will appear in a pre-performance conversation about the piece at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, also at Memorial Auditorium. The free event is co-presented with the Aurora Forum at Stanford.

At 8 p.m. Oct. 11, the Other Minds organization presents a benefit concert with pianists Davies (conductor for “Appomattox”) and Maki Namekawa, performing works for two pianos by Glass and others in Herbst Theatre. The composer will participate in a pre-performance discussion with the performers and Other Minds Artistic Director Charles Amirkhanian. Tickets are $20-$50. Call (415) 934-8134 or visit www.otherminds.org.

On Oct. 13, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s BluePrint Project opens its 2007-08 series with a concert titled “Synesthesia: Bridging the Senses,” featuring Glass’ “Facades,” with digital projections by local video artist Elliot Anderson. The performance begins at 8 p.m.; a preshow talk begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Concert Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St. Tickets are $15 to $20; call (415) 503-6275 or visit www.sfcm.edu.

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