The University of Chicago Presents kicks off its incredible, ten-day Messiaen centennial tonight. The first really exciting concert is tomorrow, with the great interpreter of modern classical, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, conducting the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in a program that includes the composer’s Oiseaux exotiques (see below for Aimard performing the work, conducted by Boulez). Christopher Taylor’s performance of Twenty Contemplations on the Infant Jesus next week is also a highlight. Andrew Patner has more, including news that WFMT is recording a whole bunch of it.