A concert record: 9 hours of uninterrupted Messiaenmain
The town of Stavanger in Norway is putting on the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in a single day.
Nine organists will play in relay.
For those of limited patience, there will be a second space where they can hear the music while walking around. The concert takes place in two rooms simultaneously. The music is played live on the organ in Fartein Valen (orchestra hall), where the audience will sit down as in a normal concert. The sound will be transferred to Zetlitz (black box hall) with different lounge areas, where you can move around, sit or lay down. This way you can customize your own experience of the music. Video projection and light design will colour the event in both venues, inspired by Messiaen’s strong relationship to visual impulses.
The organists are Jennifer Bate (UK), Thomas Ospital (Fr), Lidia Książkiewicz (Pl/Fr), Kåre Nordstoga (No), Thomas Lacôte (Fr) Nils Henrik Asheim (No), James McVinnie (UK), Colin Mark Andrews (UK/USA).
We thought some of you might like to go.