Faculty Recital Features Music of Olivier Messiaen

Posted on 4/20/2012 5:29:43 PM

IUP music faculty member Christine Clewell will perform a keyboard recital, “Heroes and Martyrs from WWII (1939–1945),” on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of celebrated French composer Olivier Messiaen’s death. The recital will start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2012, at Zion Lutheran Church, located on the corner for Church and 6th streets in Indiana. Admission is free.

Christine Clewell Clewell (left) will be joined by the IUP Chorale under the direction of Heather Zosel. Also assisting will be faculty member Linda Jennings, cello, and IUP student Maximillian Esmus, piano. Other guest musicians include faculty member Therese Wacker, flute, and guest cantorial soloist Rowna Sutin (below), who serves as the main cantor of Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh. 

Rowna Sutin

April 27, 2012, marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992). Messiaen’s music will be performed by Clewell, organ, and Wacker, flute. Sutin will sing several liturgical songs throughout the recital, and the IUP Chorale will perform several movements from the “Holocaust Cantata–Songs from the Camps” (1999) by Donald McCullough.

Esmus will also perform an organ duet with recent IUP graduate Randall Frye. Transcribed by Esmus, the duet is based on Eduard Tubin’s Symphony No. 3, Movement No. 1. In addition to the original organ transcription and Messiaen's oeuvre (for flute, piano and organ), other works are by Samuel Adler, Jehan Alain, and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.

Clewell has performed sections from this program at Newtown Presbyterian Church (Newtown, Pennsylvania) and First Lutheran Church (Johnstown, Pennsylvania). Clewell has been invited to participate in a solo recital series at the Washington National Cathedral, where she will perform parts of this same program on Sunday, January 27, 2013.

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