Music: The Maturing of Minimalism

A stunning new opera from America's avant-garde

When the furious energy that has fueled an artistic movement dissipates, what is left? When the youthful goals of discomfiting elders and shocking the bourgeoisie have been achieved, what remains to be accomplished? Can an erstwhile avant-garde development settle comfortably into maturity and still avoid middle-age spread?

Twenty years or so after the rise of minimalism, and almost a decade after Composer Philip Glass and Theater Artist Robert Wilson detonated Einstein on the Beach at the Metropolitan Opera House, the answers are appearing. Last week in Cambridge, Mass., the American Repertory Theater (ART) offered the world premiere of The Juniper Tree,...

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