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Vinifera Trio – Friday, October 26 at 8 pm

Rachel Patrick, violin; Matthew Boyles, clarinet; Ian Scarfe, piano
with special guest James Jaffe, cello

Olivier Messiaen Quatuor pour la fin du temps
Olivier Messiaen selections from Vingt Regards sur l’enfant-Jésus

This special performance of Olivier Messiaen’s wartime classic, Quartet for the End of Time, will include projected visual art and lighting during the performance, a presentation of the story of the creation of this dramatic work in a Nazi prison camp in 1940, and videos and photographs showing Messiaen’s direct use of birdsong, color effects, and Catholic imagery and references in his music.

Taking its name from the wine producing grape (vitis vinifera), this trio found its roots in California’s Napa wine country in 2014. Recognized for their “…insightful performances … and engaging music commentary …” (Daniel Rouslin, Willamette University), the trio has as its core the classical masterpieces—from the elegance of Mozart and Schumann to the thornier works of Bartók and Stravinsky. Because of their diverse musical passions and talents, this trio has successfully grafted other styles of music into their programs, including the wild energy of Klezmer, the snappy rhythms of jazz, and the mournful rhetoric of many folk traditions. They are also strong advocates of contemporary music and have commissioned and performed numerous works by composers including Danny Clay and Richard Aldag.

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