About this event
The community will be able to experience the power and indomitability of the human spirit through music that was composed and performed in the horrific conditions of Stalag VIII-A, a German camp. This special performance, by professional musicians from Chamber Music Hawaiʻi, will feature French composer Olivier Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time). Messiaen joined the French Army in 1939 to fight alongside the Allies during WWII. In May 1940 he was captured at Verdun by the Germans, and became a prisoner-of-war in Stalag VIII-A, a German camp. A sympathetic German prison guard, Carl-Albert Brüll, helped him obtain music manuscript paper and pencils, and encouraged him to compose. In January 1941, under freezing conditions, fellow prisoners of war cellist Étienne Pasquier, clarinetist Henri Akoka, and violinist Jean le Boulaire joined Messiaen to perform the new work for an audience of fellow prisoners and prison guards. The story of Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps would become famous as an act of defiance and bravery in the face of powerful oppression. This special event will conclude with a visit to the Campbell Library’s traveling exhibition, “Americans and the Holocaust,” and mark its pending departure from Hawaiʻi.
The exhibition will be open on Saturday, March 5 from 10am-7:30pm. Reservations must be made for visitors hoping to see the exhibition between 10am-4:30pm. After 4:30pm, walk-ins are acceptable. The program will begin at 5pm. The exhibition website made for its visit to Hawaiʻi can be viewed at go.hawaii.edu/HqV.
- All visitors entering a University Site must provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test from a UH-recognized testing facility either through the UH LumiSight app or by showing their vaccination card or current and valid negative COVID-19 negative test results.
- A face mask must be properly worn at all times while on campus and inside the Library building.
- Parking is free. Campus map:https://westoahu.hawaii.edu/about/our-campus/campus-map/. Directions to get to campus: https://westoahu.hawaii.edu/about/our-campus/#getting-to-campus.
Americans and the Holocaust: A Traveling Exhibition for Libraries is made possible by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Library Association.
Programming was made possible, in part, with support from the Hawaiʻi Library Association, Hillel Hawaiʻi, the James & Abigail Campbell Library, the UHWO Music Program, and the UHWO Student Activity Fee Board.
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