Messiaen Quartet: Music for Eternity
Sunday April 22
Messiaen Quartet: Quartet for the End of Time
Captured at Verdun in 1940, Olivier Messiaen transcended the misery of his Stalag prison camp to express his exalted vision of music as a direct spiritual connecton to Creation and the Creator. His Quartet for the End of Time is illumined by his extraordinary harmonic colors, his fascination with birds’ songs, his friendship with other POW musicians, and his devout faith. First performed in the prison, the Quartet – named after the Angel’s Call to the Apocalypse in Revelations - is one of the most significant chamber music compositions of the 20th century.
Pianist Daniel Epstein, cellist Ben Larsen, violinist Sheng-Ching Hue, clarinetist Eric Umble - these preeminent New York-based musicians will build to Messiaen's musical climax with works selected to complement and expand on his themes: Debussy's L'Isle Joyeuse, Stravinsky's Suite from L'Histoire du Soldat, and the exotic Tasveer by award-winning Indian–American composer Reena Esmail.
Music for Eternity - A sensually transforming, soul-renewing finale to our concert season.