Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design presents:
A Tribute to Olivier Messiaen and "The Quartet for the End of Time.”
“Quartet” new paintings by Barron Storey
“End of Time” concert by Cellista and the Juxtapositions Chamber Ensemble
On January 15, 1941 French composer Olivier Messiaen premiered his seminal work “Quartet for the End of Time” within the confines of Stalag VIII-A, a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp in Silesian Germany. The ensemble (clarinet, violin, cello, and piano) played upon broken instruments in front of an audience comprised of his fellow prisoners and prison guards in the brutal cold.
Opening on February 5th, 75 years after this premiere performance, Anno Domini Gallery presents a Messiaen-inspired exhibition of new paintings by renown artist Barron Storey entitled “Quartet” and live performances entitled “End of Time” by Cellista (Freya Seeburger) and her Juxtapositions Chamber Ensemble.
“Messiaen’s 'Quartet for the End of Time' has always moved me. The composer’s concepts of musical structure have influenced my own music for many years. It was, then, a delightful surprise to hear of Freya Seeburger performing the piece and an amazing example of synchronicity to be invited to accompany the performance with my artwork. The Quartet is not just an admired masterpiece to me, it is my favorite string quartet in classical repertoire, one that consistently brings me to tears. The pure beauty and the profound contrasts, hearing the songs of birds as the composer notated them in the cold forest adjacent to a Nazi concentration camp, the crashing fury of the sixth and seventh movements and the spiritual elevation of the final violin in the eighth, ascending to an eternity beyond time…this is music for the soul, written by a daring, innovative and fearless man of genius, composed and premiered by captive musicians before an audience of prisoners. Come listen!” ~ Barron Storey
This presentation at Anno Domini is a small immersive theater event building on Cellista’s work in storytelling and interweaves San Jose’s narrative into a piece, showing the immediacy of the Quartet to San Jose’s past, present and future. Performing the Quartet is the Juxtapositions Chamber Ensemble: violinist Ishtar Hernandez, cellist Freya Seeburger (Cellista), clarinetist James Pytko and pianist Naomi Stine. Barron Storey will also be in attendance at the performances drawing insitu on his metamorphic temporary mural dedicated to Messiaen and his fellow prisoners of war.
“End of Time” concert dates and times:
February 20 8pm–9:30pm / Sold Out
March 12 8pm–9:30pm
March 13 2pm–3:30pm
(Tckets may be available at the door, but be advised that proper seating is limited…we encourage you to purchase tickets online in advance. No one turned away for lack of funds.)
Barron Storey exhibition dates: February 5–April 16, 2016
Exhibition admission free & open to the public during gallery hours Tuesday–Friday Noon–7pm, Saturday Noon–5pm.
Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design
366 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113