Sunday, September 23, 2007
A Spiritual Moment in Time
On Tuesday, Sept. 18th I attended a recital of Olivier Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time" It was the the 1st concert of the season at Toronto's Four Season's Centre for the Arts. This was an especially poignant piece for many reasons. The composer wrote this in a Prisoner of War camp and even in that misery found uplifting comfort in his faith, and transcribed it into an erie yet hopeful score. The quartet performed in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, named after the dynamic visionary director of the Canadian Opera Company, who died suddenly one month ago at age 62. This piece was given extra solemnity as it served as a memorial for this great man. And, dear readers, my darling son Ben was the pianist of this esteemed quartet, standing front and centre in the photograph. An honour for him... and for his listeners.