Program:

  • Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
  • Messiaen: Variations for Violin and Piano
  • Messiaen: The Blackbird for Flute and Piano

This concert will take place at 8 p.m. in the PNC Recital Hall on the first floor of the Mary Pappert School of Music. Join us at 7:15 p.m. informative talk and complimentary public reception after each performance. A $10 donation is suggested.

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End of Time

Monday, December 1, 2008 at 8 p.m.

  • Kenneth Burky and David Allen Wehr, piano
  • Rachel Stegeman, violin
  • David Premo, cello
  • Ron Samuels, clarinet

A co-presentation with the Department of Organ and Sacred Music's Celebration Messiaen, an Olivier Messiaen centennial festival (honoring the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth).
Visit www.music.duq.edu/celebration for details.

This program features the monumental Quartet for the End of Time written while the composer was held in a German POW camp during World War II. Saturated with Catholic mysticism and visions of the Apocalypse, it reveals Messiaen's fascination with birdcalls, complex rhythms and the idea of music as color. It is truly one of the great masterpieces of the 20th century. The program also includes Messiaen’s Le Merle Noir (the Blackbird) for flute and piano and Theme and Variations for violin and piano.

Please join us for an informative talk at 7:15 p.m.

Kenneth Burky Kenneth Burky began his piano study at the age of five in Youngstown, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio and the Master of Music degree from Indiana University. He has formerly taught at Indiana University, Southwest Texas State University, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and is currently on the faculty of Duquesne University. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary; life member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and, is a judge and faculty member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Mr. Burky also belongs to the State and National chapter of MTNA. He has performed many recitals as both soloist and accompanist (Indiana, Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania). He has also been guest soloist and lecturer on educational television. Mr. Burky has also performed on WQED-FM in Pittsburgh yearly since 1995.

Rachel StegemanRachel Stegeman, Adjunct Professor of Violin at Duquesne University, Concertmaster of the Wheeling Symphony, and holds Associate Concertmaster positions of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. She has performed with major symphony orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra and on over 1000 commercial recording projects, including classical music, chamber music, jazz, pop, R&B, contemporary jazz, easy listening, rock, heavy metal, live television and award shows, and soundtracks for both television and motion pictures.

David Premo Cellist David Premo joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1992, was promoted to 4th chair in 1994, and in January 2000 was offered the position of Assistant Principal. Also, Mr. Premo has been Artist-Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University since 1994. He came to Pittsburgh from Washington D.C., where he was Assistant Principal Cellist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra from 1980 until 1991. Since coming to Pittsburgh, My. Premo has becomes a frequently requested chamber musician and soloist. He studied 'cello in his native Chicago with Margaret Evans of the Chicago Symphony, later with Robert Newkirk at Catholic University, and most recently with Janos Starker at Indiana University. His ‘cello was made in approximately 1860 by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume.

Ron Samuels A native of San Francisco, Ron Samuels has enjoyed a richly varied career as a symphonic musician, chamber music and concerto soloist, and as a collegiate professor and master class clinician. He graduated from the University of Southern California. A year after graduation, he won an audition for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, a post he held for six seasons. He served as principal clarinetist of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra for sixteen years and as a guest principal clarinetist with the Minnesota Orchestra during their 1996-97 season. Ron was appointed 2nd clarinetist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2001-02 season.

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