Leelanau Summer Music Festival
Quartet for the End of Time
Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time was written in 1941 while he was a World War II prisoner. Inspired by the Book of Revelation, this musical masterpiece carries the listener through an uplifting vision of the composer’s Christian spirituality, his love of birdsong, and of colorful harmony.
“I was drawn not to the cataclysms and monsters of the Apocalypse, but rather to its silences of adoration, its marvelous visions of peace”
Carl Donakowski – cello
Thomas Lymenstull – piano