“Messiaen Centennial Concert: Visions de l’Amen”

If you’re into the dueling piano thing and can’t wait for the next Billy Joel/Elton John show, join lady ivory pounders Marilyn Nonken and Sarah Rothenberg for Da Camera’s “Messiaen Centennial Concert: Visions de l’Amen.” This work by composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) didn’t exactly top the French hit parade back in 1943, but it’s impressive. He first performed the great religious piano cycle in a semisecret gallery concert in Nazi-occupied Paris alongside Yvonne Loriod, a student who would later become his wife. The concert’s theme partly reflects his hardcore Roman Catholicism, which sustained him while he served time as a prisoner of war. 7:30 p.m. Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross. For information, call 713-524-5050 or visit www.dacamera.com. $30.
Tue., Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., 2008
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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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