Celebrated composer Philip Glass to receive Kennedy Center honor
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Celebrated composer Philip Glass to receive Kennedy Center honor

Now 81, the musician made ‘enduring and indelible marks on our culture,’ says cultural center

Philip Glass at a party celebrating his 80th birthday at Gotham Hall in New York City, March 16, 2017. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tibet House US/via JTA)
Philip Glass at a party celebrating his 80th birthday at Gotham Hall in New York City, March 16, 2017. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tibet House US/via JTA)

Renowned composer Philip Glass is one of this year’s Kennedy Center award winners.

The Jewish artist, 81, will be honored along with pop idol Cher, singer Reba McEntire and jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter for making “enduring and indelible marks on our culture,” the Kennedy Center announced Wednesday. The four co-creators of the Broadway play “Hamilton,” including Lin-Manuel Miranda, also will receive awards.

Glass, who pioneered a new minimalist and repetitive form of classical music, is widely viewed as one of the 20th century’s most influential composers. Among other things, he has written operas, symphonies, pieces for musical theater and film scores — three of which were nominated for Academy Awards.

Glass, a Baltimore native, is the son of Jewish immigrant parents from Lithuania. He has called himself a “Jewish-Taoist-Hindu-Toltec-Buddhist.”

The ceremony takes place December 2 and will air December 26 on CBS. It is customary for the president to attend the event, but Donald Trump opted not to last year.

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