Ashmont Hill Chamber Music Concert

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 6:30pm

Ashmont Hill Chamber Music will present the second of its 2014 concerts under the new artistic direction of Mary Beth Alger. The concert will take place on July 31, 2014 at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on 535 Canton Avenue in Milton.

The program will include Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, performed by violinist Jesse Mills, clarinetist Todd Palmer, cellist Julia Bruskin and pianist Rieko Aizawa. The evening will begin with a reception from 6:00 to 6:30, followed by a pre-concert lecture by Juilliard School music historian Aaron Wunsch from 6:30 to 7:00. The concert will begin at 7:00 and the night concludes with a post-concert reception.

French composer Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time is one of the most significant chamber pieces of the twentieth century. This piece was composed while Messiaen was incarcerated in a prisoner of war camp during the World War II. Astoundingly, the piece was premiered at the prison, outside, on a rainy January day in 1941. Messiaen later said: "Never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension."

Three-time Grammy nominated clarinetist Todd Palmer, two-time Grammy nominated violinist Jesse Mills, cellist Julia Brushkin, who debuted with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 17 years-old, and Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa form the extremely talented quartet who will be performing Messiaen’s piece.

Ashmont Hill Chamber Music’s final 2014 concert, featuring Trinidadian soprano Jeanine De Bique, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Cushing Avenue in Dorchester on September 28.

Tickets are $21 and can be bought at the door, by calling 617-680-7542, or by visiting


535 Canton Ave.
Milton, MA 02186


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