Friday September 23, 2005

The End of Time Comes to UD

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time" in the Immaculate Conception Chapel.

While at a German prison camp in 1940, Oliver Messiaen (1908-1992) was inspired by a passage from the Bible's Book of Revelation and composed the eight-movement piece "Quartet for the End of Time." It was first performed for 5,000 fellow prisoners on Jan. 15, 1941.

Now, The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the piece as part of the University of Dayton's Arts Series at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Immaculate Conception Chapel on UD's campus.

Inspiration for the moving, spiritual content of the piece comes from the descent of the seventh angel, who announced "that there should be time no longer." Messiaen developed a musical sense for the angel's announcement using a varied rhythm based in part on ancient Hindu rhythms.

The UD Arts Series is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences. Arts Series season tickets are $70 for the general public; $20 for students; and $40 for UD faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets for individual Arts Series shows cost $14 for the general public; $5 for students; and $8 for UD faculty, staff and alumni. To order tickets, call (937) 229-2545 or go to

Free parking is available on campus in single-letter lots after 7:30 p.m.

The show is part of the University's Year of Diverse Voices, a theme for campus arts performances throughout the academic year to commemorate the centennial of the death of Paul Laurence Dunbar, a native Daytonian and world-famous black poet.

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