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Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time"

Sat Feb 3rd , 2018 7:30pm-8:30pm
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
Venue: Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
$20 in advance, $25 the day of the concert
122 Hourglass Drive, Stowe, VT 05672 (Map) (Set as Local)
Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time" Stowe Vermont

The Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center is proud to present the rarely performed Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen in an intimate on stage concert on Saturday, February 3, 7:30 pm.

This groundbreaking piece was written by Olivier Messiaen during his captivity as a WWII prisoner-of-war in Stalag VIII A, a German camp near the Polish border. Music-loving guards at the camp, recognizing Messiaen's name, provided him with pencils, music manuscript paper, and solitude in an empty barrack so that he could compose. The work was inspired by text from the Book of Revelations.

Messiaen said of the work, "I composed this quartet in order to escape from the snow, from the war, from captivity, and from myself. The greatest benefit I gained from it is that among 300,000 prisoners I was probably the only one who was free." The quartet premiered in January 1941, performed with his fellow prisoners, using scavenged instruments, outdoors, and in the rain.

Vermont composer Matt LaRocca will provide musical and historical insight before the concert, and will facilitate a talk-back after the performance. This complex and deeply moving 50-minute quartet features musicians from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and TURNmusic including cellist Emily Taubl, violinist Brooke Quiggins Saulnier, pianist Claire Black, and clarinetist Dan Liptak. The musicians and audience will both be on stage for the concert so seating is limited!

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