Olivier Messiaen at 100 with New Millennium Ensemble, Grammy-Nominated Pianist
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London's National Theatre is broadcasting its original stage production of King Lear, and you can catch a live screening of the show at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Symphony Space. Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens) in the title role of Shakespeare's epic tragedy. Regarded as among Shakespeare's greatest plays, King Lear depicts an aging monarch's descent into madness as his family and country are torn apart by the ambition and jealousy of his children. This sweeping legend depicts the devastating consequences of pride, as King Lear's hubris and his daughters' ambitions destroy not just their own family, but an entire nation as well. Learn More
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- Join Symphony Space's Associate Artistic Director Laura Kaminsky for a pre-performance Underscore discussion, beginning one hour before showtime.
<p>Join the New Millennium Ensemble and award-winning pianists Ursula Oppens and Jerome Lowenthal as they celebrate the centennial of the renowned composer, organist, and ornithologist, Olivier Messiaen. Such musicians as Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and French composer Pierre Boulez have cited Messiaen as a major influence on their work.</p> <p>Messiaen found birdsong fascinating, believing birds to be the greatest musicians. He notated birdsongs worldwide, and incorporated birdsong into the majority of his music. His piece based entirely on the song of the blackbird, Le merle noir, will be performed by New Millennium Ensemble.</p> <p>They will also perform the monumental Quartet for the End of Time, composed and performed while Messiaen was incarcerated as a prisoner of war in a Silesian labor camp in 1941.</p> <p>Grammy Award-nominated pianist Ursula Oppens and international prize-winning pianist Jerome Lowenthal will perform Visions de l’Amen, Messiaen’s piece for two pianos that was inspired by the Revelation of St. John the Divine.</p>