Presented with Stanford Lively Arts
In anticipation of Stanford Lively Arts’ West Coast premiere of Book of Longing,
the Aurora Forum and Lively Arts present Philip Glass and Leonard Cohen
together in conversation about their lives, works, and this unique
collaboration. Book of Longing intertwines Glass’s signature musical style with Cohen’s images and recently published poetry collection of the same name. Book of Longing
is a collection of 150 poems and song lyrics written mostly on Mount
Baldy near Los Angeles where the poet spent 12 years in Zen training
under the guidance of Joshu Sasaki Roshi. When Cohen went down the
mountain to meet with composer Philip Glass and read from the
manuscript that was the basis of this new collection, Glass immediately
proposed that he create an evening-length musical work based on the
poetry and illustrations. Join us for an evening that explores the
hearts and minds of two great contemporary artists.
A Companion of the Order of Canada, Leonard Cohen was born in Montreal in 1934. Book of Longing is his thirteenth book and the first book of poetry to top Canadian bestseller lists. He has made seventeen albums, of which Dear Heather is the latest.
Philip Glass was born in Baltimore in 1937. Through his operas, symphonies, compositions for his own ensemble, and wide-ranging collaborations with leading artists, he has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of our times.
ALAN ACOSTA (moderator)
Alan Acosta is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is Associate Vice President and Director of University Communications at Stanford.