The Sacred and the Divine

Apr 8

2:00 PM

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Messiaen wrote his Quartet for the End of Time while trapped in a German prisoner-of-war camp. Its unusual instrumentation reflects the musicians available while he was imprisoned. While the quartet's music undoubtedly speaks of the violence and oppression he experienced as a prisoner, it also stands as an extraordinary act of faith penned under inhumane conditions. One of Messiaen's most poetic and poignant quotations affirms, "My faith is the grand drama of my life. I'm a believer, so I sing words of God to those who have no faith." Postconcert, gallery leaders will showcase art inspired by religious ideas throughout history.

Approximate concert duration: 75 minutes with no intermission


Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time


Chicago Pro Musica 
John Bruce Yeh clarinet
Stephanie Jeong violin
Daniel Katz cello
Patrick Godon piano