Symphonie Fantastique


Friday, May 10, 2019 8:00PM
Powell Hall

Symphonie Fantastique
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Stéphane Denève, conductor
Rinat Shaham, mezzo-soprano

SALONEN Nyx
RAVEL Shéhérazade
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

Music Director Designate Stéphane Denève and the SLSO close the season with Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Complete with an elegant ball, a frightening march to the scaffold and a pastoral scene in a field, Berlioz’s most celebrated work is an orchestral tour-de-force. Plus, the orchestra performs Ravel’s Shéhérazade, a work depicting a tantalizing tale inspired by the book One Thousand and One Nights, featuring mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham.

  • Complete with an elegant ball, a frightening march to the scaffold and a pastoral scene in a field, Berlioz’s most celebrated work is an orchestral tour-de-force. 
  • Symphonie fantastique was Berlioz’s first symphony and succeeded in his quest to write “new music” that sounds and behaves like nothing ever written before. 
  • Ravel’s Shéhérazade depicts a tantalizing tale inspired by the book The Thousand and One Nights, featuring mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham.
  • "Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique takes the listener on a phantasmagoric dreamscape of a journey using wildly frenetic rhythms and colors. I very much look forward to Maestro Denève's interpretation of the Berlioz." - Jonathan Reycraft