Welcome to the 25th Anniversary of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival

For a quarter of a century, the Festival has existed as one of metro Detroit’s musical gems, bringing many of the world’s premier chamber musicians to intimate, magnificent venues. Join us for a celebration of the Festival’s rich history as a number of performers with Detroit roots – including Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Kim Kashkashian, Robert deMaine, James Tocco and more – return for two weeks of masterpieces.

As part of our mission to foster artistic excellence among young, emerging ensembles, Festival artists host public coachings for Shouse Institute fellows. With the purchase of a subscription, you will receive a punch card for up to 5 entries. You can attend all five encounters or use your punches to bring friends. Punch cards are included with a subscription or can be purchased for $20. Single use tickets can be purchased for $5, excluding “Artistic Encounters: Musical Chairs.”

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Quartet for the End of Time

June 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Prelude at 6:45 p.m.:

Haydn: String Quartet Op. 76, No. 5
Thalea String Quartet

In June 1940, French composer Olivier Messiaen was captured by the German army and imprisoned in a war camp. After meeting three other prisoners who were also musicians, he composed his piece Quatuor pour la fin du temps for piano, clarinet, violin and cello, an unusual combination for the time. The piece premiered in 1941 to 400 combined prisoners and guards performed in the rain with Messiaen on piano and the three others playing decrepit instruments. 77 years later, the Festival will present this groundbreaking and moving piece featuring Leila Josefowicz, Paul Watkins and John Novacek.


Artists: Alessio Bax, John Novacek, James Tocco, Leila Josefowicz, Ani Kavafian, Robert deMaine, Paul Watkins

Watkins, Tocco

Debussy, arr: Prelude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Tocco, Bax

Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor
Bax, Kavafian, deMaine


Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time)
Josefowicz, Watkins, Novacek

Ticketing Information:
General Admission | $42
35 & Younger General Admission | $12

Date: June 14
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Event CategorySubscription
Venue Name: Kirk in the Hills
Address: 1340 W. Long Lake Rd.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 United States

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Phone: 248-626-2515