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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

8:15 p.m., Ford Hall

Richard Stoltzman, clarinet
Ida Kavafian, violin
Fred Sherry, violoncello
Peter Serkin, piano

Since its New York debut in March 1973, Tashi has been hailed for its unusual programs and captivating performances. These four artists with impressive solo credentials brought a fresh new approach to the concert stage in the music they played.

Now, 30 years later, they are reuniting for a few special concerts to celebrate the centenary of the composer and the work that originally brought them together: France's Oliver Messiaen and his Quartet for the End of Time. Written in 1940, when Messiaen was a captive in a German prison camp in Silesia, this quartet has entranced even the most conservative classical music audience, becoming, in the words of the New York Times, "a landmark of modern chamber music." Tashi has inspired compositions by Adolphe, Douglas, Foss, Lieberson, McKinley, Takemitsu, and Wuorinen.

Josquin des Prez: Ave Maria...Virgo Serena (recomposed by Charles Wuorinen)
Thomas Morley: Chistes Crosse (recomposed by Charles Wuorinen)
Toru Takemitsu: Quatrain II
Olivier Messiaen: Quatour pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time)

Individual tickets go on sale March 28, 2008. Programs are subject to change.

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