Annunciation Piano Quintet is the 2nd Philip Glass commission for pianist Paul Barnes.

"meditative...striking...touchingly played by Barnes and the quintet, "Annunciation" is a romantic, late-period Glass masterwork." - Lincoln Journal Star review of world premiere performance, Lied Center for Performing Arts, 4/17/18
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"You have a world-class pianist there in Paul Barnes," .... "The guy can play the piano, he's a pure piano virtuoso.
I'm there because he asked me to write a piece. I've been playing and working with him for years. He's made some beautiful arrangements of pieces from my music."
- Philip Glass

New: Love & Death Lecture Recital

Love, Death, and Resurrection in the Musical Vision of Philip Glass, Franz Liszt, and Ancient Chant.

A Recital by pianist and chanter Paul Barnes

Inspired by the untimely passing of many of his closest friends, pianist and chanter Dr. Paul Barnes explores the profound musical treatment of love and death in the music of Philip Glass, Franz Liszt, and ancient byzantine chant. Glass wrote his 1992 opera Orphee after the death of his wife from cancer. The opera explores the timeless themes of sacrificial love and death. Likewise, Franz Liszt's monumental Ballade No.2 has multiple interpretations including the Orpheus legend. Juxtaposed between Barnes' own transcriptions of Glass's Orphee and the Liszt will be selected Greek Orthodox chant poignantly exploring these same themes of sacrificial love, a journey to the underworld, and ultimate resurrection.

Upcoming Performances 2017-2018

Date Description Venue/Location
2017-2018
Sept 9 Philip Glass Retrospective Recital with Phyllis Lehrer,
featuring selections from Barnes' four recordings of Glass's music on Glass's label Orange Mountain Music. The recital concludes with Four Movements for Two Pianos with Westminster piano faculty member Phyllis Lehrer.   more...
8:00 p.m. Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College of Rider University,
Princeton, NJ
Oct 12 Lecture recital - Channeling Debussy, Beethoven, and Mozart: Exploring the New Etudes of Philip Glass   more.... 2:30 p.m. Nebraska Wesleyan University, Emerson Recital Hall, Nebraska Music Teachers State Conference,
Lincoln NE,
Oct 22 Lisztomania!
Nebraska Chapter of the American Liszt Society Birthday Celebration featuring Liszt's Ballade No.2 in B Minor. Birthday reception to follow.   more....
7:30 p.m. UNL, Kimball Recital Hall,
Lincoln, NE
Nov 28 Love, Death, and Resurrection in the Musical Vision of Philip Glass, Franz Liszt, and Ancient Chant. Dedicated to the memory of Prof. Edward Francis   more... 7:30 p.m. California State University at Northridge, Cypress Hall
Nov 29 Philip Glass Piano Concerto No.2 with CSUN Orchestra conducted by John Roscigno   more... 7:30 p.m. Valley Performing Arts Center, Northridge, CA
Feb 6 Love, Death, and Resurrection in the Musical Vision of Philip Glass, Franz Liszt, and Ancient Chant Cairn University,
Philadelphia PA
March 5 Love, Death, and Resurrection in the Musical Vision of Philip Glass, Franz Liszt, and Ancient Chant Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ
March 18 Love, Death, and Resurrection in the Musical Vision of Philip Glass, Franz Liszt, and Ancient Chant Coastal Carolina University
Conway, SC
April 17 World premiere of Philip Glass's Piano Quintet No.1 "Annunciation" with the Chiara String Quartet.Philip Glass Piano Concerto No.2 conducted by Tyler White 7:30 p.m. Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln, NE
April 22 East Coast premiere of Philip Glass Piano Quintet No.1 "Annunciation" with the Chiara String Quartet. Asylum Hill Congregational Church,
Hartford CT
April 29 Philip Glass Piano Concerto No.2 with UNL Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Gallant Kimball Recital Hall,
Lincoln NE
May 12 New York premiere of Philip Glass Piano Quintet No.1 "Annunciation"   more... 2:00 p.m. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium,
New York, NY
June 20-24 Love, Death, and Resurrection in the Musical Vision of Philip Glass, Franz Liszt, and Ancient Chant. International Society for Orthodox Church Musicians National Conference,
Minneapolis, MN
July 3-15 Amalfi Coast Music Festival ...more Maiori, Italy

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