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August 2006

Release Date: August 30, 2006

ASU Concert to Commemorate 9/11

On the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, two Angelo State University music faculty members and two area musicians will join talents to perform Olivier Messiaen's moving "Quartet for the End of Time."

ASU's Tim Bonenfant on clarinet and Shannon Loehrke on piano, along with Luis Casal on violin and Issac Casal on cello, will present the concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in the Recital Hall of the university's Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, 2602 Dena Drive.

Loehrke and Bonenfant are presenting the work on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil to remind people of the resilience of the human spirit in times of national crisis.

Messiaen's work is particularly appropriate for the concert as it was written in the earliest days of World War II in a German prisoner of war camp.  It was first performed at Stalag 8A for an audience of POWs.  Its unusual instrumentation was determined by the musicians Messiaen met while imprisoned there.  The piece was in large part inspired by the Book of Revelations and Messiaen's deep religious faith at a time of obvious uncertainty in the world.

In addition to the Messiaen work, the quartet will also be performing Paul Hindemith's "Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano."

For more information on this concert, call the ASU Department of Art and Music at 942-2085.

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