Wartime Stories: Reich and Messiaen
About Wartime Stories: Reich and Messiaen
Two masterworks of the twentieth century depicting profoundly contrasting personal experiences of the WWII era are presented together: Steve Reich’s ground-breaking Different Trains, presented with original synchronized video, interweaves live and pre-recorded string quartet with sounds of trains, whistles, sirens, recorded voices from the American past and fragmented memories of Holocaust survivors. Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, composed in a German prisoner of war camp in 1940, is dramatized with lighting by renowned designer Jennifer Tipton.
Steve Reich: Different Trains
Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
St. Lawrence String Quartet; Joshua Rubin, clarinet; Sarah Rothenberg, piano
Video: Mihai Cucu
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton