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Salon Séance: “The End of Time”

November 19, 2022 @ 7:00 pm 9:30 pm EST

Join us for an interdisciplinary presentation combining live classical music with visual and theatrical storytelling. This is the regional premiere of The End of Time, an immersive experience with themes of trauma and healing, by Salon Séance. The performance will be followed by an audience conversation about the music and re-interpretations of the themes as seen from the eyes of youth and community members today. The End of Time was inspired by Quartet for the End of Time by composer Olivier Messiaen.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Chamber Music.

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A black and white headshot of Salon Séance, an older man who is wearing glasses and seems to have thinning hair.

Salon Séance creates a new ritual to experience the intersection between music, history, and our lives. The End of Time is centered around the French composer Olivier Messiaen and his masterwork Quartet for the End of Time, written and premiered during his captivity at the prisoner-of-war camp in Görlitz, Germany during WW2 in 1941. It explores the theme of hope in times of desperation through stories that inspired Messiaen to compose this work: the stories of the musicians that premiered this work and the story of the Book of Revelation. The musical work, which embodies the collective experience of captivity as well as the concept of a renewal after the End of Time, become a source of hope for the future as the most destructive war in history was raging. 

A group of musicians, varying in different string instruments, are playing music.
We now see the audience, and the leader (a person of color) from behind.
A person playing the calarinet.
The leader holding a microphone, talking to audience.
A close-up of someone playing the piano.
A behind shot of someone playing the violin and looking at sheet music on their iPad.
A front-facing image of someone playing the violin
A wider shot of a person playing the piano, with audience members and fellow musicians in the background
A person playing the cello, though their face is obstructed and the background is dark.
The leader from before is now seated in the center of the image, with many origami birds laying on the ground before them.
A close-up on the cello player
A zoomed-out image of the clarinet player, showing the audience in the background.

Founded by Mari Lee and Simon Lee, Salon Séance is a live experience channeling kindred spirits through music and the ritual of seance. Developed in interdisciplinary collaboration with world-class performers and creators, our seances bring composers, audiences, and performers to experience the intersection between music and our lives. Salon Séance is a recipient of Tarisio’s Young Artists Grants and Britten-Pears Foundation’s Britten Award, and has been presented by Yellow Barn Festival, The Crypt Sessions, Schubert Club, among others.


Music // Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time

Created by Mari Lee
Directed by Jay Stull
Sound design by John Gasper
Research by Simon Angseop Lee

A medium-framed headshot of Mari Lee, the violinist, wearing a turtle neck with short, black hair.

Mari Lee, violinist

A head shot of Jay Still, the direction of the event, with a flannel and brown hair.

Jay Stull, director

A head shot of Nile Assata Narris, the leader and actor featured in the event. She is a dark-skinned woman with long black braids and is smiling for the camera

Nile Assata Harris, actor

A medium-framed image of Yoonah Kim, the clarinet player, sitting and smiling holding her instrument.

Yoonah Kim, clarinet

A photo of Henry Kramer, the piano player, sitting at his piano looking serious at the camera wearing a suit.

Henry Kramer, piano

A close-up headshot of Mihai Marica in black and white, the cello player.

Mihai Marica, cello

Andrea Cunliffe interviewed members of Salon Séance:

• Intro to Salon Séance: “The End of Time” with Friends of Chamber Music President Jennifer Laursen
“The End of Time” Cellist Mihai Marica
Salon Séance Arts Administrator Sam Paris
“The End of Time” Director Jay Stull
Co-Creators of Salon Séance, Simon Lee
“The End of Time” with Mari Lee of Salon Séance

An image of the event's advertisement. The text reads How do we find light in times of darkness? The end of time - Salon Séance

Join the zoom discussion with the artists prior to the event on Nov. 12, 2022 at 7:00pm! To learn more and register, check out the Friends of Chamber Music of Troy NY’sConversation with Notables in the World of Classical Music: Performance in Context — Salon Seance.“

3361 6th Ave
Troy, 12180 United States
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