1335 South Michigan Ave
Antonio Vivaldi | Concerto in D Major, RV 84 (flute/violin/cello)
Seth Boustead | Three for Zhou B (flute/clarinet/violin/cello)
Olivier Messiaen | Quartet for the End of Time (clarinet/violin/cello/piano)
Jennie Oh Brown | flute
Andrea R. DiOrio | clarinet
Elizabeth Brausa Brathwaite | violin
Paula Kosower | cello
Kuang-Hao Huang | piano
Jonathon Kirk | Composer-in-Residence
Quartet for the End of Time was written while Messaien was held in a prisoner of war camp in Germany, now in Poland, during World War II. Fellow prisoners premiered the quartet outside in the freezing rain on January 15, 1941. The title of the work “The End of Time” not only refers to a representation of the apocalypse, but also musically to an end to traditional concepts of time. Messaien was a contemporary French composer who drew inspiration not only from his connection to the Paris Conservatory and his life as a noted contemporary composer, but also from non-western influences from Japan and Indonesian Gamelan, and perhaps most notably in nature itself through birdsongs.
Introducing this epic quartet on the program are two contrasting works. Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Major, RV 84 is a light and charming baroque work that will be performed in a modern context on flute, violin, cello, and piano. Chicago composer Seth Boustead’s Three for Zhou B for flute, clarinet, violin, and cello will be performed with artwork displayed by celebrated contemporary Chinese-American artists the Zhou brothers, ShanZuo and DaHuang Zhou. Join us for this eclectic program that explores the light with the dark and everything in between.