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Messiaen, Mystic

Inspired by the unique religious expression of the Buddhist Thangkas in the exhibition Buddhist Thangkas and Treasures: The Walter Koelz Collection, Museum of Anthropology, the SMTD@UMMA concert series presents Messiaen, Mystic, a concert of works by the last century’s most enigmatic composer, Olivier Messiaen. Over a long career, Messiaen drew upon birdsong, Catholic mysticism, and the profound relationships of music with time and with color to create a style unlike anyone who came before him or who has composed since. UM professors Carmen Pelton, Scott Piper, and Martin Katz perform intimate, ecstatic Messiaen song cycles. The deeply moving Quartet for the End of Time, composed during Messiaen’s stay in a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, is performed by UM professors Christopher Harding, piano, Anthony Elliot, cello, Stephen Shipps, violin, and Chad Burrow, clarinet. Composer, organist, and UM professor of music theory Andrew Mead discusses notable elements of Messiaen’s work in a pre-concert lecture.

7 pm pre-concert talk, 8 pm performance

The SMTD@UMMA performance series is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund.

The exhibition Buddhist Thangkas and Treasures: The Walter Koelz Collection, Museum of Anthropology is part of the UM Collections Collaborations series, co-organized by and presented at UMMA and designed to showcase the renowned and diverse collections at the University of Michigan. The UM Collections Collaborations series is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Thursday, 28 February, 2013

 

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