Gryphon Trio to per­form at WAG ex­hi­bi­tion

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

AN ac­claimed Cana­dian cham­ber en­sem­ble will give two con­certs at the Win­nipeg Art Gallery in con­junc­tion with an ex­hi­bi­tion of mas­sive land­scape paint­ings in­spired by mu­sic.

Toronto’s Gryphon Trio, with guest clar­inetist James Camp­bell, will per­form on May 10 and 11. The mu­si­cal pro­gram is in­spired by Stephen Hutch­ings: Land­scapes for the End of Time, a show of eight mon­u­men­tal — al­most life-size — paint­ings on view from May 10 to Aug. 5.

The ex­hi­bi­tion takes its name from French com­poser Olivier Mes­si­aen’s Quar­tet for the End of Time. Mes­si­aen wrote the piece while in­terned at a Ger­man prison camp in 1940. He and other pris­on­ers first per­formed it for their fel­low in­mates in 1941.

“Although not di­rectly in­spired by the score, Hutch­ings’ paint­ings con­sider the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the life span of an in­di­vid­ual and the idea of eter­nity,” the WAG said in a news re­lease. On May 10 at 7 p.m., the Ot­tawabased Hutch­ings will give a talk, fol­lowed by an 8 p.m. per­for­mance by the Gryphon Trio, both in the WAG’S Muriel Richard­son Au­di­to­rium.

On May 11, both the 6:30 p.m. talk and 7:30 p.m. per­for­mance will take place sur­rounded by the paint­ings in the gallery it­self.

“Quar­tet for the End of Time is one of the most mov­ing cham­ber works ever writ­ten,” Gryphon Trio cel­list Ro­man Borys (no re­la­tion to WAG di­rec­tor Stephen Borys) said. “The mu­sic and paint­ings com­bine beau­ti­fully.”

The en­sem­ble will also per­form Alex­ina Louie’s Echoes of Time, which was in­spired by Mes­si­aen’s work, and Valentin Sil­ve­strov’s Fugi­tive Vi­sions of Mozart.

The Juno Award-win­ning trio in­cludes vi­o­lin­ist An­nalee Pati­patanakoon and pi­anist Jamie Parker as well as Borys.

Ad­mis­sion to each talk/con­cert is $30 (WAG mem­bers $25) and in­cludes ad­mis­sion to the ex­hi­bi­tion. Tick­ets can be or­dered at 786-6641, ext 235. or www.wag. ca.

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