Thursday, December 13, 2007

Festival Concert - More Info!

The University of Alabama College of Arts & Sciences School of Music will present a Festival Concert on Friday evening, January 25, 2008 at 7:30 pm. The year 2008 marks the Olivier Messiaen year, the 100th birthday anniversary of one of the world's most famous and revolutionary 20th Century composers. The University of Alabama School of Music is celebrating "The Messiaen Year: French Connections" with a unique and wonderful, world class series of events which will take place at the Moody School of Music on Friday and Saturday, January 25 and 26, 2008. The Festival Concert featuring UA music faculty, Noel Engebretson, Faythe Freese, Carlton McCreery, Osiris Molina, Peter Rovit, Charles Snead, and the University Singers under the direction of John Ratledge will perform works by Messiaen, Hakim, and Vierne. Tickets are $12 adults, $7 seniors, and FREE to UA students and faculty with ID and Conference participants with conference badge. A free reception open to all concert attendees will be held immediately following the concert in Alumni Hall. For tickets and information, please contact the box office at (205) 348-7111.

Two works of particular note on Friday evening are:

  1. "Quartet for the End of Time"

A rare opportunity and life-changing experience to hear Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time", the intensely spiritual work first performed at a German Prison camp in 1940, will take place on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 7:30 pm at Moody Music Building. "Quartet for the End of Time" has never been performed by The University of Alabama.

  1. "To Call My True Love to My Dance" (World Premiere)

Also on the Friday evening program, a world premiere of "To Call My True Love to My Dance" commissioned from Naji Hakim, titular organist and successor to Olivier Messiaen at Sainte Trinité Church, Paris, France will be performed by UA organ faculty, Faythe Freese.

For further information on Olivier Messiaen:

Information on "Quartet for the End of Time":

Further information on Naji Hakim:

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