Wartime Stories


Saturday, April 21, 2018 7:30PM

Wartime Stories







Due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey, this event has been moved to Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center 800 Bagby St, Houston TX 77002. Please note that the performance time has also changed to 7:30pm. Questions? Call 713-524-5050 or email boxoffice@dacamera.com.

Steve Reich's Different Trains
Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time

Da Camera presents two seminal works with visuals: video by Romanian artist Mihai Cucu provides a visual counterpart to Reich’s Different Trains; the Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time is staged dramatically with lighting.

“Wartime always brings uprootedness and absence from home. Here, two masterworks of the twentieth century depict profoundly contrasting personal experiences of the WWII era. Steve Reich’s ground-breaking Different Trains (1988) for string quartet and tape, was inspired by the composer’s childhood memories of transcontinental trips across America as he was shuttled between divorced parents and their homes in New York and LA; years later, he realized with horror that tragic train journeys of Jewish children like himself had taken place at the same time in Europe, and he composed this high-energy, powerfully kinetic work as a testament to both experiences. Reich 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 by the French composer in a German prisoner of war camp under stark conditions in 1940, is a world apart, a transcendent spiritual statement of mystical faith that looks beyond earthly time.” - Sarah Rothenberg

Sarah Rothenberg studied the music of Messiaen in Paris with the composer’s wife, pianist Yvonne Loriod.

“a magnificent pianist” -- Olivier Messiaen on Sarah Rothenberg

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 7:30 PM Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center