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Philip Glass opera 'Appomattox' addresses Civil War, civil rights

Philip Glass opera 'Appomattox' addresses Civil War, civil rights

Philip Glass, the Baltimore-born composer with the distinctive minimalist style that has won him a global fan base, turns periodically to historic figures and events to find subject matter for operas. In "Appomattox," which opens this weekend at the Kennedy Center in an extensively revised version, the composer tackles a century's worth of our past.

"The biggest story in America is the Civil War," says Glass, 78. "We never got over it. We're still living it."

The composer has been living with "Appomattox" for the past few years in a way he hadn't...

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