FESTIVAL CONCERT #6
Sunday August 20, 7:00 PM
Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
Jennifer Gerth, clarinet
Stephanie Arado, violin
Kirsten Whitson, cello
William Eddins, piano
Music of War, Hope, Faith and Transcendence
Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time
Back by popular demand – yes, really! – Messiaen’s Quartet is one of the supreme masterpieces of the twentieth century. Based on verses from Revelation and composed in a POW camp for the unusual combination of clarinet, violin, cello and piano, the Quartet was performed for the first time in Stalag 8-A on January 15, 1941. In it, Messiaen mixes sounds like a painter mixes colors; incorporating bird-song, the horrors of wartime, visions of rainbows and angels, and the hope of better things to come.
The Steinway concert grand piano used in the
2017 Festival of the Lakes is provided by Schmitt Music
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota
through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council,
thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.
Programs & Artists subject to change.