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February 22 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Clarendon United Methodist Church

606 North Ivy Street

Arlington , Virginia 22201 Map

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IBIS continues to explore the intersections between literature and music in this fascinating program.

The New Yorker’s Alex Ross calls Oliver Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time “…the most ethereally beautiful music of the 20th century…”, and it is arguably some of the most important as well. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this shattering and redemptive work, based on the Book of Revelation. The quartet, scored for violin, cello, clarinet and piano, was composed in a WWII prison camp, and premiered by its inmates, on broken down instruments, for an audience of prisoners and guards alike.

Also on the program: the Divertimento from Gimpel the Fool, from an opera by David Schiff. Special guest Jerome Barry, founder of The Embassy Series, will read the Isaac Bashevis Singer short story that inspired the work. This seemingly simple tale, about a “foolish” man perennially hoodwinked by his wife and neighbors, is ultimately about how innocence transcends evil. The charming, Klezmer inflected music speaks of a lost world.

Sunday February 22 at 4 pm at the Clarendon United Methodist Church. CUMC has plenty of free parking, and is conveniently located just 1/2 mile south of the Clarendon metro.

As always, this concert is free, and we invite you to attend a post concert reception. Your goodwill donations are happily accepted, and help us bring these free concerts to the community.

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