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Santa Monica Soundwaves Series Presents Messian's 'Quartet for the End of Time'
By Jorge Casuso
August 14, 2017 -- A famous quartet that received its premiere in a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp more than 75 years ago will be performed next month at the Santa Monica Library.
French composer Olivier Messiaen’s 1941 masterpiece,"Quartet for the End of Time," will be performed September 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Main Library's Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium by "in-demand professionals" as part of the monthly Soundwaves concert series.Messian, a devout Roman Catholic organist and composer, was inspired by the Book of Revelations when he wrote the quartet for violin, clarinet, piano and cello at the age of 31.
"In the end, Messiaen’s apocalypse has little to do with history and catastrophe," Ross wrote reviewing a performance in 2004.
"(I)nstead, it records the rebirth of an ordinary soul in the grip of extraordinary emotion. Which is why the Quartet is as overpowering now as it was on that frigid night in 1941."
The Santa Monica performance features Jacqueline Suzuki (violin,) James Sullivan (clarinet), Susan Svrcek (piano) and Lynn Angebranndt (cello).
The monthly Soundwaves series presents artists who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders.
Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows as well as sound and video recordings can be found at SoundwavesNewMusic.com
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis.
The Main Library is served by Big Blue Bus routes 1, 7, R7, R10 and 18 and provides bicycle parking racks.
For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.
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