Frost Amphitheater

 

When Philip Glass decided he needed to become a better pianist he began work on a series of short compositions that would hone his skills at the keyboard. The first six of these 20 études were a 50th-birthday present for the conductor Dennis Russell Davies and the last one was completed in time for Glass’ own 75th birthday. Next month, the composer, who turns 80 in January, will take a victory lap at Bing Concert Hall when he opens the Stanford Live season with a performance of the complete études.