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Clarinetist and scholar Rebecca Rischin to lecture on Messiaen Quartet



Rebecca Rischin lectures on the topic of her book, For the End of Time: The Story of the Messiaen Quartet


3:15 p.m., Friday, February 3


Eliot Hall chapel, Reed College


Free and open to the public


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PORTLAND, OR (January 10, 2006) – Multi-faceted clarinetist and scholar Rebecca Rischin will discuss her book, For the End of Time: The Story of the Messiaen Quartet, in the Eliot Hall chapel on the campus of Reed College, Friday, February 3. Her talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 3:15 p.m. Rischin will introduce a performance by Fear No Music that evening at 7:30 p.m. at Wieden+Kennedy in Portland. The program includes Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time.

Since winning first place at the First International Clarinet Competition in Cracow, Poland, in 1994, Rischin has established an international reputation as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, teacher, and scholar. As a recitalist and concerto soloist, she has performed with orchestras and at international clarinet festivals in England, France, Poland, Sweden, and the United States; and as a chamber musician, with the Lark and Ludwig Quartets. A finalist for the position of principal clarinetist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London (England), Rischin is currently second clarinetist of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, an associate member of the Columbus Symphony, and an associate professor of clarinet at Ohio University.

A native of San Francisco, Rischin attracts students from all over the world. She has given master classes at universities and schools of music nationwide and has published numerous articles. Her book, For the End of Time: The Story of the Messiaen Quartet (Cornell University Press, 2003), has received critical acclaim. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, and a Master of Music from Yale University, a Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University, and the performance Diplôme from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where she studied under the auspices of a Harriet Hale Woolley grant. Her teachers included David Shifrin, Guy Deplus, Frank Kowalsky, Pascal Moragues, Gregory Smith, Joaquin Valdepeñas, and David Weber.


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