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Composer Olivier Messiaen honored in concert

Nov. 6, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's School of Music celebrates the 100th birthday of composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) with a concert of his chamber music at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Concert tickets are $12, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students, and are available from the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858. Tickets also may be purchased at the door.

The program will feature several School of Music professors and guest artists, and will include a performance of "Quartet for the End of Time." Written while Messiaen was being held a prisoner of war, the piece was premiered for an audience of 400 prisoners and German officers. It has since become one of Messiaen's most famous compositions.

The performance is sponsored by the School of Music's Bullock Performance Institute. For more information, visit wmich.edu/mus_bpi or call the Bullock Performance Institute at (269) 387-4704.

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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