March 30, 2013 · 1:30 PM
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Highly acclaimed classical concert pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks returns to the Great Park in a lively and immersive chamber concert entitled Music for the End of Time. In this passionate and creative program, Loucks will be joined by guest artists Iryna Krechkovsky (violin), Kimberly Patterson (cello), Ross Gasworth (cello) and Bill Kalinkos (clarinet).
Kevin Kwan Loucks is a critically-acclaimed pianist and graduate of the Juilliard School in New York. Loucks was praised by the Orange County Register for “exhilarating polish, unity, and engagement.” The Völser Zeitung (Italy) considers him “a shining talent” and La Presse, Montréal terms his musicianship “impeccable.” He has performed throughout the world including Prösels Castle in Italy, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.
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Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 (1944)
Quartet for the End of Time (1941)
Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and French composer Olivier Messiaen were both deeply affected by the tragedies of World War II. Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 was composed in the midst of the War, and like many of his works, seems to comment on the tenor of the times with eerie instrumental effects and a tortured “Dance of Death.” Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time contains some of the most ethereally beautiful music from the last century. It was first premiered on a freezing January night in 1941 at a prisoner-of-war camp in Görlitz, Germany where the composer was held captive.