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  • From 12/02/17 8:00 pm until 12/02/17 10:00 pm
    At 66 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA 02116 Categories: Concerts, Live Music
    The critically-acclaimed Chameleon Arts Ensemble continues its fall chamber music season with “earthly echoes, celestial song” featuring Olivier Messiaen’s epic masterpiece, Quartet for the End of Time. The work’s origin is nothing short of miraculous. It was composed while Messiaen was a prisoner of war for the instruments on hand among the camp’s inmates – violin, cello, clarinet, and piano – and the premiere took place in an unheated barrack on January 15, 1941, before an audience of fellow prisoners and German officers. Overflowing with genius and invention, the Quartet stands as one of history’s greatest musical achievements, transporting us to a place between earthly suffering and the ecstasy of heaven, between measured time and boundless eternity, between sound and silence. It remains as powerful today as it was in 1941. Rounding out the program are Debussy’s exquisite Afternoon of a Faun for flute and piano; David Ludwig’s Pleiades for oboe and piano; and Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76, No. 4 “Sunrise.”
  • From 12/03/17 4:00 pm until 12/03/17 6:00 pm
    At 66 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA 02116 Categories: Concerts, Live Music
    The critically-acclaimed Chameleon Arts Ensemble continues its fall chamber music season with “earthly echoes, celestial song” featuring Olivier Messiaen’s epic masterpiece, Quartet for the End of Time. The work’s origin is nothing short of miraculous. It was composed while Messiaen was a prisoner of war for the instruments on hand among the camp’s inmates – violin, cello, clarinet, and piano – and the premiere took place in an unheated barrack on January 15, 1941, before an audience of fellow prisoners and German officers. Overflowing with genius and invention, the Quartet stands as one of history’s greatest musical achievements, transporting us to a place between earthly suffering and the ecstasy of heaven, between measured time and boundless eternity, between sound and silence. It remains as powerful today as it was in 1941. Rounding out the program are Debussy’s exquisite Afternoon of a Faun for flute and piano; David Ludwig’s Pleiades for oboe and piano; and Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76, No. 4 “Sunrise.”
  • From 12/04/17 7:30 pm until 12/04/17 10:30 pm
    At Categories: Concerts Tags: music
    Andy Statman, one of his generation's premier mandolinists and clarinetists, is playing Club Passim in Cambridge, MA on Monday, December 4th at 7:30 PM. Statman thinks of his compositions and performances as "spontaneous American-roots music and personal, prayerful hasidic music, by way of avant-garde jazz." This modest man takes for granted that a performer might embody several worlds in his art. Since his divergence from mainstream klezmer in the mid-90s, he has recorded a number of traditional Jewish-inspired albums. In addition, there is his classical klezmer sensation "In the Fiddler's House", which he recorded with Itzhak Perlman in 1996. He has also produced more bluegrass inspired work, including the acclaimed "Andy's Ramble" in 1994. It's unabashedly American music, Statman says, proud of his U.S. roots, and the spirit of individuality, creativity and compassion it embodies. Or it's deeply religious hasidic prayer, intended to embrace his Jewish heritage, he explains in a soft voice. And it's jazz, he'd say, on its lonely search for the spirit of lost worlds. Tickets are on-sale now at www.clubpassim.org.
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