Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s continues its 25th anniversary season with a rare opportunity to hear two Bay Area piano virtuosos take on Messiaen’s masterpiece Visions de l’Amen, a colorful, mystical, and glorious suite of seven pieces for two pianos. Left Coast’s pianist and a founding ensemble member, Eric Zivian teams up with special guest artist Sarah Cahill for the first time. Cahill has been hailed as “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” by The New York Times and “a brilliant and charismatic advocate for modern and contemporary composers” by Time Out New York.
“I cannot wait to hear Visions de l’Amen with Sarah and Eric at the helm,” comments Anna Presler, LCCE Artistic Director. “I have only heard it on recordings and my experience with Messiaen tells me his music has to be heard live to be really understood. The human effort of playing it is part of the sound, and Messiaen’s sound is unlike anything on earth. His fearless, audacious attempts to pull the listener along with him on mysterious journeys awes me.”
In keeping with its 25-year commitment to presenting new works with traditional masterpieces, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble has commission two pieces by emerging composers to be premiered along with the Messiaen. The new works for two pianos include Reverent Murmurs by Philip Acimovic and IV-I by Chris Castro.