Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur

Event details

  • Sunday | January 10, 2016
  • 4:00 pm
  • St. Paul's Nave

Paukert and Messiaen at the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1978

The performances of Olivier Messiaen’s chef d’oeuvre, The Nativity of the Lord (La Nativíte du Seigneur) were a mainstay in January of each year during Karel Paukert’s tenure at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Following his retirement there, he has offered the cycle annually at St. Paul’s.

Consisting of nine tableaux depicting the events of the Nativity: Mother and Child, The Shepherds, The Angels, The Magi, it also looks into the future of Christ and Mankind, in Eternal Purposes, Jesus Suffers Torment and ends with the glorious God Among Us, which musically summarizes the entire set.

Paukert fell in love with this particular work as a student at Prague Conservatory, but because the score was unavailable to him, did not perform it until he came to America. He puts Messiaen on the same pedestal as J.S.Bach and C. Franck.

Please come share in Karel’s joy as he offers The Nativity of Our Lord on Sunday, January 10, at 4 p.m.