Philip Glass Will Join 'Occupy Lincoln Center' on Thursday

113699437 Philip Glass Will Join 'Occupy Lincoln Center' on Thursday

Philip Glass (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

The organizers of the Occupy Wall Street protests will hold a General Assembly at Lincoln Center on Thursday to protest the cultural hub’s corporate sponsors, among them David H. Koch, for whom one of its theaters is named. Philip Glass, whose opera Satyagraha about the life of Mahatma Gandhi will be performed at Lincoln Center that evening, will be on hand at the 10:30 p.m. protest to read a statement.

The opera’s subject matter is fitting for the planned protest, its organizers wrote in a press release:

“Satyagraha is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘truth-force,’ and we at Occupy Wall Street, by exercising tactics of nonviolent direct action inspired by those championed by Gandhi, have insisted that the truth be told:

“Our commons have been stolen from us to profit the wealthiest 1%. We have lost homes, jobs, affordable education, natural resources, and access to public space. Our culture has been co-opted by a corporate elite. Many suffer so a few may thrive.”

Now we’re talking! Sounds far better organized than Occupy Museums.


  1. Occupier says:

    Um, this was organized largely by Occupy Museums. Just FYI.

  2. Lawrence de Martin says:

    Snaps to Lincoln Center for programming living authors – most of the glitzy, patronized elite music is the 1% of (dead) composers approved by the masters of the universe. BUT, it is priced out of 99% budgets. Prime tickets at Lincoln Center operas cost $300, and the best seats go to season subscribers and the donors who supply 2/3 of the budget. The .1% get a tax deduction for subsidizing the 1%! And then they go to the fabulous parties with not a working person in sight beside waiters.

  3. Many suffer so a few may luxuriate. The right to private property is not absolute.

  4. Celeus says:

    Lets see- a person of a political view gives a large amount of money to a respected cultural organization.

    This organization presents much neutral tone material but also presents material evincing a viewpoint- and almost universally a viewpoint at odds with that of the donor.

    Associated with one of these programs, which has a bias, the author of the program decides to join with an overtly political organization, not just to express his similar opinion, or lend his support- but to attack the very sponsors who make the presentation of his work that night possible- and to single out the sponsor who happens to hold a different viewpoint.

    It is hard not to imagine that Mr Koch gave money to the Lincoln Center because he wanted to contribute to his nations culture and because he appreciated the work done there- that he did so despite knowing that it might be used to promote political viewpoints he disagreed with and that perhaps he hoped it might encourage some people to reconsider their viewpoints about those who held the same views as he did.

    I wonder if he ever thought his money would be used to support someone who would then, contemporaneously with accepting benefit from his donation, associate with a group to attack the venue hosting his performance because of accepting donations from a person with political viewpoints they disagree with- but who has not been shown to have committed evil deeds or crimes of any sort.

    Seriously, folks, you need to have read Orwell recently to fully appreciate this.

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