Philip Glass Ensemble
Featured performers, {Re}HAPPENING 10
Historic Black Mountain College campus at Lake Eden
April 2, 2022

Members of the Philip Glass Ensemble, Michael Riesman (music director, piano), Ryan Kelly (sound), Mick Rossi (piano), Andrew Sterman (flute, piccolo, saxophone), with Ann Cecil-Sterman on flute, performed a repertoire for amplified pianos and woodwinds. The program included 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. 

The Philip Glass Ensemble is the exclusive performer of its repertoire. Please note that Philip Glass did not perform as part of this concert. By special arrangement with Philip Glass and Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc.


In 2009, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center board member Jolene Mechanic developed a fundraising idea that grew into the {Re}HAPPENING, a dinner and performance event inspired by John Cage’s 1952 Theatre Piece No. 1, considered by many to be the first Happening. For the first six years, the Media Arts Project (MAP), an artist-run non-profit in Asheville, collaborated to organize and produce the event with BMCM+AC.

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.