Israeli Chamber Project

Israeli Chamber Project: From Creation to the End of Time

Saturday | October 23 2021 | 9 pm


DARIUS MILHAUD  –  The Creation of the World, Op. 81b
OLIVIER MESSIAEN  –  Quartet for the End of Time

The program is approximately 75 minutes in duration and will be performed without an intermission.

The Israeli Chamber Project returns to live performances in New York City with a richly symbolic program that reflects on our post-pandemic time. 

Darius Milhaud’s The Creation of The World, a ballet score based on African mythology turned chamber quintet is a suggestive opening in which the story of creation comes to life through Milhaud’s eclectic musical language, and particularly jazz, so popular in Paris of the 1920’s. 

And if there is one work in the chamber music literature that takes both listener and performer on a powerfully visceral and mystical experience, it is Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. It is one of the 20th century’s undisputed masterworks and conveys, perhaps more than any other musical work, an apocalyptic vision in the wake of the second world war while at the same time radiating incredible beauty, reverence and optimism. Written while Messiaen was interned at a POW camp in Germany, the Quartet was premiered by the composer and three fellow prisoners for an audience of guards and inmates. This production includes dedicated lighting design to further enhance the experience.

Guy Eshed, flute
Tibi Cziger, clarinet
Carmit Zori, violin
Michal Korman, cello
Assaff Weisman, piano

$25 student & senior tickets are available. Call the box office at 212 501 3330.

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