May 3, 2024

Barnes pays tribute to Glass, Serra from inside Greenpoint

Video: Paul Barnes performs inside Greenpoint sculpture. Click to watch.

Paul Barnes, Marguerite Scribante Professor of Piano in the Glenn Korff School of Music, performed a special program of composer Philip Glass’ works inside the Greenpoint” sculpture on May 1.

Greenpoint, part of Sheldon Museum of Art’s sculpture collection, was made by Richard Serra, who died March 26. Barnes’ performance paid tribute to the creative relationship between Glass and Serra. Glass worked as an assistant for Serra after the two befriended each other in Paris in the early 1960s. Barnes has worked with Glass for 29 years, including two commissions and several transcriptions and recordings of his work.

Barnes’ performance launched the Lincoln Calling music and arts festival, presented by the Lincoln Arts Council.