PRELUDE TO THE SEASON: HEAR AND NOW
The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble will perform Oliver Messiaen’s masterpiece “Quartet for the End of Time”. Considered “the most ethereally beautiful music of the twentieth century”, “Quartet for the End of Time” was first heard on a brutally cold January night in 1941, at the Stalag VIIIA prisoner-of-war camp, in Görlitz, Germany. Messiaen wrote most of it after being captured as a French soldier during the German invasion of 1940. The première took place in an unheated space in Barrack 27. A fellow-inmate drew up a program in Art Nouveau style, to which an official stamp was affixed: “Stalag VIIIA 49 geprüft [approved]” Sitting in the front row—and shivering along with the prisoners—were the German officers of the camp.
About Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: By pairing new works with traditional masterpieces, The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble reveals the expressive intent of composers from every age. Founded in 1992, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble communicates with audiences through inspiring performances of new and old chamber music. By embracing both musics, we enrich the audience’s experience — we reawaken a feeling of immediacy in performances of familiar masterpieces and we reveal the powerful expressive intentions in the music of our time. The ensemble’s twelve musicians, many of whom have played together since the 1980s, perform in different combinations, using strings, winds, guitar and piano to present a wide range of repertoire.
Dedicated to Roberta Frank