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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2024 AT 5 PM

CANDLELIT MUSIC OF THE SPIRIT
ANTHONY McGILL, CLARINET    STELLA CHEN, VIOLIN
NICHOLAS CANELLAKIS, CELLO    MICHAEL STEPHE
N BROWN, PIANO

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Anthony McGill, clarinet

“Exquisite refinement and expressive radiance” — The Baltimore Sun

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Stella Chen, violin

1st Prize, 2019 Queen Elizabeth Competition

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Nicholas Canellakis, cello

“Seduced by his rich, alluring tone” — The New YorkTimes

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Michael Stephen Brown, piano

“One of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers.” — The New YorkTimes

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

“Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.”
— Ludwig van Beethoven

2023-2024

SEASON
 

October 15, 2023
Lysander Piano Trio
 

November 12, 2023
Angel Blue, soprano
Bryan Wagorn, piano

December 3, 2023
Brentano String Quartet
Antioch Chamber Choir

January 14, 2024
Goldmund String Quartet

 

February 18, 2024
Candlelit Music of The Spirit

 

March 10, 2024
Richard Goode, Piano
Late Beethoven

April 7, 2024
Jordi Savall, Conductor
Hespèrion XXI

May 12, 2024
Mothers Day Concert

June 2, 2024
Mozart’s Double Concertos

 

Artist Roster
 

Parlance Program Notes
 

LOCATION

At West Side Presbyterian Church
6 South Monroe Street
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
For map and directions, 
click here.
 

CONCERT AMENITIES

       

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Wheelchair Accessible
 

Free Parking for all concerts

FEATURING

Music has always been a direct pathway to the spirit. In this special candlelit event, four of today’s leading virtuosos will perform spiritually resonant works by Avro Pärt, Max Bruch, Maurice Ravel, Jesse Montgomery, and Olivier Messiaen’s 1941 masterpiece, Quartet for the End of Time.

ABOUT MESSIAEN’S QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME
Composed and premiered in a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp, Messiaen wrote Quatuor Pour le Fin du Temps for the musicians on hand among his fellow inmates: a clarinetist, violinist, cellist, and himself playing piano. The premiere took place on the bitter cold evening of January 15, 1941, and for many in attendance it was the first time they heard chamber music of any kind. With music of overwhelming originality and power, Messiaen rose above captivity to create a work of soaring spiritual transcendence.

PROGRAM

Avro Pärt:

Fratres for violin and piano

Program Notes Coming Soon

Max Bruch:

Kol Nidre for cello and piano

Program Notes Coming Soon

Maurice Ravel:

The Valley of the Bells for piano

Program Notes Coming Soon

Jesse Montgomery:

Peace for clarinet and piano

Program Notes Coming Soon

Olivier Messiaen:

Quartet for the End of Time

Program Notes Coming Soon

Watch Anthony McGill perform an excerpt from Jesse Montgomery’s “Peace” with pianist Gloria Chein:

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Watch Stella Chen perform Schubert’s Fantasy in C, D.934:

Watch Nicholas Canellakis and Michael Brown perform Debussy’s Beau Soir:

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