February 9, 2022 | For immediate release
Kira Houston, Outreach Coordinator
828.350.8484 | kira@blackmountaincollege.org

10 Years of {Re}HAPPENING featuring the Philip Glass Ensemble Unplugged

Saturday, April 2nd, 2022 | 3PM – 10PM
at the Historic Black Mountain College Campus at Lake Eden

More Info and Tickets: www.rehappening.com
Media Kit: https://bit.ly/32si3VB 



Since 2010, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) has hosted the {Re}HAPPENING inspired by John Cage’s 1952 Theatre Piece No. 1, an unscripted performance at Black Mountain College considered by many to be the first Happening. The annual {Re}HAPPENING brings together dozens of contemporary artists whose work responds to and extends the legacy of Black Mountain College visionaries such as John Cage, David Tudor, Merce Cunningham, M.C. Richards, Ruth Asawa, and Robert Rauschenberg. 

The 2022 {Re}HAPPENING celebrates the event’s 10th anniversary, following a two-year hiatus, and will feature The Philip Glass Ensemble.* The Ensemble will perform a repertoire for amplified pianos and woodwinds. The program will include selections from Music in Twelve Parts (Parts 9 and 10), Façades from Glassworks, Music in Similar Motion and Spaceship from Einstein on the Beach. 

In 1968, Glass founded the PGE in New York City as a laboratory for his music. Its purpose was to develop a performance practice to meet the unprecedented technical and artistic demands of his compositions. In pioneering this approach, the PGE became a creative wellspring for Glass, and its members remain inimitable interpreters of his work.

Additional artist projects include: An immersive projection installation by Adam Larsen; Bales of Waste, an interactive installation & conversation about textile waste & solutions from Different Wrld; Cooking and Cleaning in the Shadows: The (Speculative) Work of BMC cook Cornelia Williams from Anna Helgeson and Lori Horvitz; Sound-Nature-Resonance by Two Way Street; and many more. 

*Michael Riesman (keyboard, music director), Mick Rossi (keyboard), Andrew Sterman (flute), Peter Hess (woodwinds),  Ryan Kelly (sound). The Philip Glass Ensemble is the exclusive performer of its repertoire. Please note that Philip Glass will not perform as part of this concert. By special arrangement with Philip Glass and Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc.


About the {Re}HAPPENING

In 2009, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center board member Jolene Mechanic developed a fundraising idea that grew into the {Re}HAPPENING.

The {Re}HAPPENING is a one-day event at the historic campus of Black Mountain College, 15 minutes from Asheville. It is part art event, part fundraiser, and part community instigator, providing a platform for contemporary artists to share their responses to the vital legacy of Black Mountain College by activating the buildings and grounds of the BMC campus with installations, new media, music, and performance projects.

General admission brings in hundreds of visitors annually. In addition to providing a forum for regional artists and an accessible, immersive, educational experience for attendees, every year the event is a community collaboration between local businesses and arts organizations. 


General Information

April 2nd from 3-10pm

Philip Glass Ensemble Unplugged to perform 5pm-6pm



$28 – Advance Adult Admission (ends 4/1)

$35 – Regular Adult Admission

$15 – Youth (10 to 17 yo) / Student (w/ID)

FREE – Shuttle

$15 – Parking Pass (please see below)

Carpooling and shuttling are highly encouraged. Free parking will be available at the Lower Lot of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce (36 Montford Ave), allowing visitors to kick back and enjoy the ride with Gray Line Trolleys to Lake Eden. The FREE Dymaxion Shuttle, sponsored by Gray Line Trolley, will run between the Asheville Chamber of Commerce lower lot (36 Montford Avenue) and Camp Rockmont. Please allow for a few minutes wait.


Shuttle Schedule*

Pick up at Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Asheville:

3, 4, 5, 6, 7:30, 8:30

Pick up at Camp Rockmont for return to Asheville:

3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 8, 9, 10

*please note that the shuttle driver will take a break at the Chamber of Commerce from 7:00pm to 7:30pm

Uber and Lyft are not guaranteed in Black Mountain but are a great option to connect with the Trolley in Downtown AVL. 

Purchase tickets online at www.rehappening.com or at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (120 College Street in Downtown Asheville).


About Black Mountain College 

Founded in 1933, Black Mountain College was one of the leading experimental liberal art schools in America until its closure in 1957. After the Bauhaus in Germany closed due to mounting antagonism from the Nazi Party, Josef and Anni Albers readily accepted an offer to join the Black Mountain College faculty. During their 16-year tenure in North Carolina, the Alberses helped model the college’s interdisciplinary curriculum on that of the Bauhaus, attracting an unmatched roster of teachers and students including R. Buckminster Fuller, Elaine and Willem de Kooning, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Mary Caroline (M.C.) Richards, and Robert Rauschenberg.

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) was founded in 1993 by arts advocate Mary Holden to celebrate the history of Black Mountain College as a forerunner in progressive interdisciplinary education and to celebrate its extraordinary impact on modern and contemporary art, dance, theater, music, and performance.

The Museum is committed to educating the public about the history of Black Mountain College and promoting awareness of its extensive legacy through exhibitions, publications, lectures, films, seminars, and oral histories. Through our permanent collection, special exhibitions, publications, and research archive, we provide access to historical materials related to the College and its influence on the field.

BMCM+AC provides a forum for multifaceted programming in a dynamic environment in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Our goal is to provide a gathering point for people from a variety of backgrounds to interact – integrating art, ideas, and discourse.

More about BMCM+AC: https://www.blackmountaincollege.org/