Olivier Messiaen: Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus
Presented by The Sheen Center
Monday, December 10, 2018 @ 7:30PM
Five of New York’s most distinguished contemporary pianists join together to perform Olivier Messiaen’s monumental and profound Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus (Twenty Gazes on the Infant Jesus) in a theatrical evening of music accompanied by visual projections, compiled by Fr. Frank Sabatté, C.S.P., Senior Curator of The Gallery at the Sheen Center; directed by Erin Ortman.
“One of the pinnacles of the piano repertoire, this work has accrued iconic status and deep respect, expressing joie de vivre, conviction, love, hope and ecstasy, an expression of Messiaen’s deeply-held Catholic faith – a faith which involved sound and silence, beauty and terror, joy, love and an all-embracing sense of awe. It is music that puts listener and performer in touch with something far greater than ourselves, and yet one does not have to have religious faith to appreciate the enormity and emotional breadth of this work. Messiaen has an unerring ability to ‘ground’ the music in a way that makes it more accessible through his use of recurring motifs and devices, and these elements also give this tremendous work a cohesive, comprehensive structure. It is only by hearing the work in one sitting, that one can fully appreciate Messiaen’s compositional skill and vision. Like a great symphony, the work moves inexorably through its movements towards a gripping finale.” –Frances Wilson (Interlude)
Tickets: $20/$30 ($15 Student)