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Music School Celebrates the Life and Work of Olivier Messiaen

The Mary Pappert School of Music will celebrate the life and works of French composer Olivier Messiaen with a special four-day conference at Duquesne University.

Celebration Messiaen, which will be held from Sunday, Nov. 30, to Wednesday, Dec. 3, will bring together Messiaen’s former students and foremost interpreters in concerts, master classes and scholarly presentations.

Special guest artist Jon Gillock, the leading American interpreter of Messiaen’s repertoire, will teach and lecture at the conference. He also will perform the complete Livre du Saint Sacrement as the event’s opening recital at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30 at East Liberty Presbyterian Church.

The conference will include a collaborative performance in conjunction with the music school’s series Musique on the Bluff: The French Seasons. The chamber music recital, The End of Time, will feature a Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, written while the composer was held in a German prisoner of war camp during World War II. It will be held on Monday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m. in the PNC Recital Hall at Duquesne.

Other conference clinicians include composer Gerald Levinson, organist/conductor Susan Ferré, western Pennsylvania native and composer Dan Politoske and organist Donald Wilkins.

For more information on Celebration Messiaen, call 412.396.5871. A detailed schedule of the conference is available at www.music.duq.edu/celebration/.

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