Poem of Ecstasy


Saturday, November 10, 2018 8:00PM
Powell Hall

Poem of Ecstasy





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Poem of Ecstasy


Stéphane Denève, conductor
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano

BERLIOZ Selections from Romeo and Juliet
LIEBERSON Neruda Songs
WAGNER Prelude to Tristan and Isolde
SCRIABIN Poem of Ecstasy

Making his first appearance as Music Director Designate, Stéphane Denève leads the SLSO in Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy, expressing a celebration of a collective joy in an exuberant orchestration. Plus, the orchestra performs two stories of passion and love with selections from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde and Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet.

  • Though only one movement of music, Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy expresses a “celebration of collective joy.”
  • Berlioz’s music highlights the rivalry of the Capulets and Montagues while paying tribute to the immense love felt by Romeo and Juliet.
  • Kelley O’Connor “sings with pure tone and shapely phrasing” (Mercury News) in Lieberson’s Neruda Songs.