NOVA Chamber Music Series Presents “Quarter for the End of Time”

On Sunday November 19th, the NOVA Chamber Music Series will continue its 40th Anniversary Season with the second concert of the Subscription Series. NOVA’s Subscription Series consists of six concerts, with each performance juxtaposing new and old music performed by outstanding Utah classical musicians. This concert will showcase an exceptional lineup of Utah performers: musicians include Utah Symphony Principal Cellist Rainer Eudeikis, Principal Second Violin Claude Halter, Associate Principal Clarinet Erin Svoboda and pianist Kimi Kawashima of Westminster College. They will be performing C.P.E Bach’s innovative Cello Concerto in A Major and Olivier Messiaen’s masterpiece Quartet for the End of Time.

Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time originated in very peculiar circumstances near the beginning of World War II. Messiaen was summoned for military service, and then captured in May 1940 and taken to a prisoner-of-war camp at Görlitz in Poland. During the dead of winter in 1940-41, he wrote the quartet for the instruments on hand among the camp’s inmates: violin, cello, clarinet, and piano. The first performance took place before a large audience of prisoners and spoke to a Biblical passage from Revelations.

The Performance will take place on Sunday November 19th at 3:00PM at the Libby Gardner Hall, University of Utah School of Music. General admission is $20, $18 for seniors, and free for students. Audience members are encouraged to join NOVA Artistic Director Jason Hardink for a pre-concert talk regarding C.P.E Bach and Messiaen. For more information regarding the performance, visit the NOVA website or email

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