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MIT honors David Bowie with Glass symphonies

David Bowie performed at the Panathinaikos stadium in Athens during a rock festival in 1996.
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David Bowie performed at the Panathinaikos stadium in Athens during a rock festival in 1996.

There have been countless tributes to the late, great David Bowie since the British pop icon’s passing last week. The latest homage — and certainly one of the most ambitious and elaborate — comes from the MIT Music and Theater Arts department. Working with Orange Mountain Music, the record label of composer Philip Glass, MIT will present the Boston-area premieres of Glass’s symphonies “Low” (1993) and “Heroes” (1996), each based on songs from its namesake album by Bowie and Brian Eno. The concert, to be held at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium on Jan. 29, will feature an all-volunteer orchestra comprising area pros and MIT community members conducted by Evan Ziporyn, a composer, performer, and MIT professor. “This is a way for the musical community of Boston to channel our grief and express our gratitude to Bowie in a positive way,” Ziporyn said in a statement. “The generosity of these top-notch musicians has been incredible, putting their time and talent toward this project on extremely short notice. It took less than a day to put an entire orchestra together, and that’s a real testament, both to Bowie’s impact and to the spirit of our community.” Proceeds from the concert will benefit the MIT Cancer Research Fund. Tickets, priced at $15, are available by clicking here.

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