The first concert of the Fourth Season of The Crypt Sessions is Messiaen’s towering, otherworldly Quartet for the End of Time, performed by an insanely luxury-cast ensemble of Stefan Jackiw (violin), Jay Campbell (cello), Orion Weiss (piano) and Yoonah Kim (clarinet). Tickets will go on sale January 3.
Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time was composed in a Nazi prison camp, where it was premiered in the pouring rain by starving inmates playing on broken instruments. To this day, it stands as one of the most utterly profound and transcendent meditations on mortality and eternity – music steeped in mystery, born out of a deep faith unshaken by the horrors surrounding it. It shows us a vision of immorality that lies in songs of the birds, the trills in the trees, shimmering rainbows, and a single cello line reaching toward the divine.
Each of the four performers – Stefan Jackiw, Jay Campbell, Orion Weiss and Yoonah Kim – could fill a concert hall on their own. But this classical supergroup will come together in the Crypt to pour their near-limitless musical talents into a single, unified expression of what it means to find beauty in the darkness
There will be no Writers Cafe in January, but we look forward to seeing you all in February for one of our very favorite themes, Love/Sex/Passion. Writers Cafe is Monday, February 11; please submit by Sunday, February 1. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and the happiest of new years. We look forward to seeing you in 2019.
Above the Bridge is a playground for writers. It is a place to encourage and cultivate neighborhood writers and provide them with an audience for their work.
A theme is chosen for each month. Writers may submit five minutes (FIVE, PLEASE!) of material of any genre or style (poetry, plays, fiction, non-fiction, blogs, etc.) that reflect the month’s theme.
Pieces will be chosen by the Above the Bridge selection team to be read by the author at the next reading series. There will be a short rehearsal prior to the event.
Requirements for Writers:
Writers must live in Washington Heights or Inwood. Please attach your name, address and phone number with your submission. Pieces should be no longer than 5 minutes, but all work will be considered. You do not have to be a professional writer. New and existing works accepted.
Send all submissions or inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please write the theme/month for which you are submitting in the subject line. Also, please make sure that your name is also attached to your piece. We’re just looking out for you and your precious work!
HVG favorites, pianists JOSEPH KISSNER and EVELYNE LUEST,take turns at the keyboard performing masterpieces of the Romantic era, including Robert Schumann’s fluttering dance miniatures Papillons, Chopin’s swirling Fantasie in F Minor, and Brahms’ regal Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel. The two combine their talents to perform Brahms’ lusty Waltzes, Opus 39 for two pianos.