The West Virginia University Faculty Chamber Ensemble will present its final concert of the season at 8:15 p.m. Monday (April 2) in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall of the WVU Creative Arts Center.
The event is free and open to the public.
Featured on the program will be James Miltenberger, pianist; John Weigand, clarinetist; Margaret Cooper, violinist; and William Skidmore, cellist.
The concert will consist entirely of the masterpiece,Quartet for the End of Time.Olivier Messiaen composed the piece while he was a prisoner of war in a German concentration camp during World War II.
He was one of about 30,000 prisoners held in Silesia during a bitterly cold winter in January 1941. While in the camp, he discovered a clarinetist, violinist and cellist among his fellow prisoners. Messiaen wrote the music for them, and he joined as the pianist.
The work was first performed in the camp with about 5,000 of the prisoners present, and it was done in the frigid cold of the unheated barracks. Messiaen wrote the music in part to portray the bleakness and hopelessness of their situation.
Musical qualities that Messiaen used were limited by the cello having only three strings and the piano having broken keysthe only instruments available at Stalag VIIIA .
For more information, contact the WVU College of Creative Arts at 304-293-4841 ext. 3108.