Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Music Matters: One Month To Library Of Congress's Olivier Messiaen Centennial Aniversary Celebration

Saturday, October 25, 6:15 p.m.
Library of Congress
(Whittall Pavilion)

Peter Hill, University of Sheffield,
co-author of the definitive Messiaen biography, and
editor of The Messiaen Companion

Pre-concert presentation:
“Messiaen in war and peace: from ‘Vingt regards...’ to ‘Harawi’ and the Tristan trilogy”


Saturday, October 25, 8 p.m.
Library of Congress
(Coolidge Auditorium)

Christopher Taylor, pianist

Olivier Messiaen
Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus


Friday, October 31, 7:00 p.m.
Library of Congress
(Pickford Theater)

Film + Reading

Messiaen documentary by Paul Festa:
Apparition of the Eternal Church (2006)

Reading from Paul Festa book OH MY GOD:
Messiaen in the Ear of the Unbeliever


Saturday, November 1, 6:15 p.m.
Library of Congress
(Coolidge Auditorium)

Presented by violinist and filmmaker Paul Festa,
with pianist Jerome Lowenthal

Pre-concert Performance

Performance of all three Messiaen works for violin and piano - the Washington DC premiere of the Fantaisie (just published last year), the Theme and Variations, and the Louange a l'Immortalite de Jesus from the Quartet for the End of Time.



Saturday, November 1, 8 p.m.
Library of Congress (Coolidge Auditorium)

Tony Arnold, soprano
Jacob Greenberg, piano

Songs of Love and Death including
Olivier Messiaen’s Harawi song cycle

Life and Learning on Earth in the People's Republic of China and Cambodia, today.

[Click on images for enlargements.]

Photo credits: (c) Peking University Chongzuo Biodiversity Research Institute and Basil Childers and the New York Times. 2008. All rights reserved. With thanks.


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