Trio Ariadne to perform Messiaen piece
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Sonoma State University’s Trio Ariadne will bring Olivier Messiaen’s  “A Quartet for the End of Time” to the Evert B. Person stage at 7 p.m. on April 16 in a free concert. Guest violinist Joe Edelberg joins them. 

Composed when Messiaen, who died in 1992 at the age of 84, was imprisoned by the Nazis in Stalag VIII,  “A Quartet for the End of Time” premiered in January 1941 under the most trying of circumstances: freezing temperatures, inferior instruments and the wretched conditions of life in a POW camp.

A discussion of the work is included. Though admission is free, tickets are required and can be reserved online at or by calling (707) 664-4246.

“I think this work is a hugely important work of the 20th century that threw open the possibilities of music in the later part of the century,” said cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, a member of the Trio Ariadne. It is a message of hope in the face of suffering, a true testament to the human spirit.”

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