Quartet for the End of Time was composed by Olivier Messiaen while in a prisoner-of-war camp during WWII for a quartet of instruments available among the camp’s inmates. While the first performance took place in the camp, a contemporary chamber ensemble Unheard-of will be talking about the history of the work and performing it at BPL.
Unheard-of Ensemble is a Brooklyn-based clarinet, violin, cello, and piano quartet performing dedicated to connecting new music to communities in New York and across the United States through the development and performance of adventurous programs using technology and interactive multimedia. Unheard-of is committed to the idea that new music belongs in every community, and implements this mission through concerts and educational workshops throughout New York as well as on tour. Unheard-of has grown since forming in 2014 into a nation-wide community across multiple artistic genres. With an approach that is open and welcoming of all voices, Unheard-of strives to be a vehicle for development and growth for voices novel and experienced, experimental and traditional, uncomfortable and accessible. Unheard-of Ensemble tours regularly, commissions large-scale multimedia projects, and runs its own summer workshop for emerging composers, the Collaborative Composition Initiative (CCI). The 2023-24 season focuses on our newest performance series in collaboration with the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, the Cultural Ecologies Series, an immersive set of multimedia concerts utilizing Brooklyn’s own Gowanus Canal as our stage. On tour, Unheard-of visits Georgia State University, Columbus State University, and University of Florida, Johnstone Series at Short North Stage, Ohio University, Cal State Northridge and University of Pittsburgh. In past seasons, the ensemble has had residencies and performances at Oberlin, Northwestern, CCM, Manhattan School of Music, as well as New York venues National Sawdust, Roulette, Symphony Space, Carnegie, and Merkin Hall.
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