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Messiaen’s haunting Quartet for the End of Time, Arvo Pärt’s transfixing Spiegel Im Spiegel and a world premiere by Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung composer Lou Bennett AM.

In the Utzon Room | Classical Music

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Music for now until eternity

French composer Olivier Messiaen’s poetic and hauntingly beautiful Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) remains one of the most significant and captivating works of the 20th century. In 2021, marking 80 years since its cold and dark premiere, performed while captive in a WWII concentration camp, the work’s themes of isolation, resilience, and music as a universal language, remain captivating to audiences and relevant to current world circumstances. 

This important work is accompanied by the world premiere of a new commission by Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung composer Lou Bennett AM, entitled ‘Ngair-nur, ngar-kur (to hear, to see)’, with Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s transfixing Spiegel Im Spiegel.


PROGRAM
Arvo Part Spiegel Im Spiegel
Lou Bennett AM New Commission [World Premiere]
Oliver Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time (80th Anniversary)

ARTIST INFORMATION
David Rowden Clarinetist / Artistic Director
Veronique Serret Violin
Paul Stender Cello
Clemens Leske Piano

Presented by Omega Ensemble

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