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What would poetry sound like as curated by Philip Glass?

By Harriet Staff

According to The Los Angeles Times' Culture Monster blog, you'll get to find out in August when Philip Glass launches his own annual arts festival at Hidden Valley arts center near Carmel, California. The Days and Nights Festival will include poetry alongside theater, dance, film and, of course music. The as yet unannounced lineup for the poetry event will perform at the Henry Miller Library rather than at Hidden Valley itself and the poets will be selected by Glass and the library's director.

Among the offerings will be retrospective concert programs from the Philip Glass Ensemble, including playing Glass’ score for the 1931 horror classic, “Dracula” during a screening of the film; performances by Molissa Fenley and Dancers (Fenley has choreographed several pieces to Glass’ music since the 1980s); a music-theater duet from composer John Moran and dancer-gymnast Saori Tsukada; an evening of poetry curated by Glass and Magnus Toren, director of the Henry Miller Library; and film screenings of Martin Scorsese’s “Kundun,” which Glass scored, and “Tabloid,” a new documentary by Errol Morris, whose films “Thin Blue Line,” “Fog of War” and “A Brief History of Time” were scored by Glass.

If the above description is any indication, chances are that the poets will have something to do with Philip Glass.