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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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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.
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
Mari Lee, violinist
Jay Stull, director
Nile Assata Harris, actor
Yoonah Kim, clarinet
Henry Kramer, piano
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
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’s “Conversation with Notables in the World of Classical Music: Performance in Context — Salon Seance.“
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