This iconic Quartet was written in 1941 while Messiaen was in the French army and imprisoned in a German prisoner of war camp. There, Messiaen met three prisoners who were professional musicians - a clarinetist, a violinist and a cellist.
He composed the music for these instruments and piano (which he played) and they performed it outdoors in freezing January cold in front of 400 prisoners. The Quartet has a historic, symbolic and musical significance as one of the most profound works created in the 20th century.
Joining pianist Itay Goren for this performance are violinist Evelyn Estava, cellist Gerall Hieser and clarinetist Don Mokrynski.
Sponsor: The Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Ramapo College) and the Ramapo Open Door Concert Series