In my recent review of Fort Worth Opera’s production of composer Jorge Martin’s Before Night Falls, I mention that the company’s 2011 festival will feature Hydrogen Jukebox, a collaboration between post-classical/Minimalist godfather Philip Glass and Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. The chamber piece is basically a glorious love poem and, with its anti-war stance and pro-everyone audacity, is as relevant now as it was when it was created in the late 1980s.

Kudos to Fort Worth Opera for continuing to flip wigs and bring some much needed high-mindedness and Culture to often very, very backward “Cowtown.” Below is a sonic excerpt from the opera.

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