Two masterworks of the twentieth century depicting profoundly contrasting personal experiences of the WWII era are presented together. Steve Reich’s ground-breaking Different Trains,presented with original synchronized video, interweaves live and pre-recorded string quartet with sounds of trains, whistles, sirens, recorded voices from the American past and fragmented memories of Holocaust survivors. Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, composed in a German prisoner of war camp in 1940, is dramatized with lighting by renowned designer Jennifer Tipton.
“a magnificent pianist” – Olivier Messiaen on Sarah Rothenberg
“A rare gift for combining interpretive spontaneity and fierce musical commitment.” – The New York Times on the St. Lawrence String Quartet