Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Marzena - Bob Priest - presents concert series dedicated to Messiaen

Composer Bob Priest and his ensemble Marzena will present three evenings of music in September. Priest studied under Messiaen in Paris.

Here are the details from the press release:

Songs of Heaven and Earth: Celebrating the music of Olivier Messiaen
on the occasion of his 100th birthday

The weekend of 19-21 September 2008 in Portland, Oregon
Free Admission (donations welcome)

Concert I - Friday, 19 September (8 pm)
Free Marz String Trio - Anniversaries
Music by former Messiaen students; George Benjamin,
Bob Priest, Thomas Daniel Schlee and Fabian Watkinson
Other works by Canetti, Gorecki, Lutoslawski and Penderecki
Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St.

Concert II – Saturday, 20 September (8 pm)
Tamara Still (organ) – Heroes of France
A complete performance of Messiaen’s monumental
9 meditations for organ, La Nativite du Seigneur
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave.

Concert III – Sunday, 21 September (8 pm)
Fear No Music – Fear No Messiaen
Program includes excerpts from Messiaen’s piano masterpiece,
Vingt Regards sur L’Enfant Jesus, Quartet for the End of Time
and Joan Tower’s tribute to Messiaen for cello and piano
Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St.

Festival performers include Ines Voglar (violin), Joel Belgique (viola),
Justin Kagan (cello), Jeff Payne (piano), Charles Noble (viola), Jun Iwasaki (violin), Molly Barth (flute), and Jean Sherrard (actor).

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