Ensemble Connect at PS21: Poulenc and Messiaen
Ensemble Connect is a group of extraordinary classical musicians who take part in a two-year fellowship program created by a partnership of Carnegie Hall, The Julliard School, the Weill Music Institute and the New York City Department of Education. They have been acclaimed for their “energy and virtuosity” and ability to actively engage any audience. Poulenc’s Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano (1926) is the French composer’s first mature work of chamber music, loved for its “clarity,” unpretentious “youthful verve”, tonality and effervescence. Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time was written while Messiaen was a prisoner of war at the Nazi’s Stalag VIII-A camp, for the unusual combination of piano, clarinet, violin and cello – reflecting the instruments and players who were available at the camp. Its eight movements balance religious certainties with a sense of longing, with titles drawn from the biblical Revelation to John. The music varies from the simple to the complex, from nimble and dancelike, to floating, open harmonies to pulsing fury. The work is considered “majestic” and transcendent.
5pm Until 6pm
PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century
Ticket Price: $25-$30
2980 Rte 66
Chatham, NY 12037