"The woodcutter and his wife were very poor, and their seven children caused them a lot of hardship, because none of them was old enough to earn a living. What troubled the couple further was that the youngest was extremely delicate and never uttered a word, which they took to show his stupidity, although it was a sign of intelligence. He was very small; when he was born he was hardly bigger than a man’s thumb, for which reason Little Thumb was what he was called." ~ Charles Perrault, Little ThumbFor our season finale, Monday Evening Concerts presents the return of the Talea Ensemble in the West Coast premiere of Georges Aperghis' Happy End for chamber orchestra, electronics, animated video and prerecorded voices. Widely celebrated in Europe, but virtually unknown in California, Aperghis is one of the most original and masterful voices in music today. Extroverted, theatrical, virtuosic, playful and profound, the musical language of Aperghis is vivid and unforgettable. Happy End is Aperghis' musical re-telling of Charles Perrault's classic children's tale, Little Thumb, from 1697.