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Messiaen: Visions de l’Amen
Marilyn Nonken and Sarah Rothenberg, pianos with lighting by Jennifer Tipton
Concept and direction by Sarah Rothenberg
DACAMERA’S Opening Weekend continues with the premiere stream of an original DACAMERA production from our archives. Olivier Messiaen’s virtuosic tour-de-force for two pianos, Visions de l’Amen, performed by pianists Marilyn Nonken and Sarah Rothenberg, becomes a stunning visual experience with lighting by Tony Award and MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” winner Jennifer Tipton, a frequent DACAMERA collaborator.
The piano duo of Rothenberg and Nonken are renowned for their critically-acclaimed performances and 2010 recording of Messiaen’s work, described by The New York Times as “kaleidoscopically majestic and mystical…a powerful performance. Ms. Nonken and Ms. Rothenberg demonstrate a deep understanding of this shimmering, colorful score.” Composed in 1943 and premiered by Messiaen and the 20-year old pianist Yvonne Loriod, his future wife (with whom Sarah Rothenberg studied in Paris), Messiaen’s mystical work moves from darkness to an ecstatic conclusion of luminous color and brilliance.
“Capturing the sounds of spellbinding visions…the performers seamlessly laced together the most delicate cushion of sound, their contributions flawlessly integrated, giving the impression of a single performer. They were equally game as the work heated up, building to emphatic, jazzy constellations that spiraled upwards only to fall back and repeated chords that escalated in fervor.” — New Jersey Star Ledger
How it works: Register on Eventbrite and receive the link in your Eventbrite confirmation. After the initial stream the link will be active for on-demand viewing for 1 week for the general public, and 2 weeks for DACAMERA members — so join today!