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Friday, September 25, 2020 11:00am

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FRI 25 Sep 2020 :: One of the most original pieces ever composed, Symphonie fantastique was created when the composer was under the influence of Goethe’s Faust, Beethoven’s Eroica, Shakespeare’s masterpieces, and the strikingly beautiful actress Harriet Smithson. Berlioz wrote out his obsession with Ms. Smithson in the guise of a love-struck and opium addled musical hero. That the composer never met the actress until years after the symphony became famous (or infamous) did not seem to matter. She is tied to the composer and the music like few people have been connected to a symphonic work. The details of the story are brilliantly rendered in the sonic imagination heard in every section of the work. It’s as much of a masterpiece today as in 1830 when it premiered.

CONCERT TALK: Starting at 10AM in Whitney Hall, the LO, together with WUOL, offers a free, pre-concert discussion hosted by radio program direction Daniel Gilliam.

Hector BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique

TEDDY ABRAMS, guest conductor


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Kentucky Center
501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States

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