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Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique: UMD Symphony Orchestra • IN-PERSON

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Two women in an orchestra play violins.

Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique is a masterpiece of musical storytelling, employing the power of the orchestra to vividly depict the protagonist's tumultuous journey through love, obsession and madness. Its bold and innovative approach to orchestration, as well as its emotionally charged narrative, make it a landmark work in the Romantic symphonic repertoire, leaving a lasting impact on generations of listeners.

Throughout the work, listeners traverse multiple realms that reflect Berlioz’s own intense emotions and personal experiences. From the slow, pining dreamscape of the first movement all the way to final witches’ sabbath that signals the protagonist's ultimate descent into madness, Berlioz’s piece truly is as it was named: fantastical.

This performance will also include Reveueltas’ Sensemayá and Price’s Piano Concerto, featuring Donald Lee III on piano.



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