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"Symphonie Fantastique" - Classics Series IV

  • Saturday, April 01, 2017
  • 7:30 PM
  • Julie Rogers Theatre
For our season finale concert we present an extraordinary evening of great artistry filled with imagination and fulfilling dreams you haven’t even envisioned.

Wit, charm, romance, rhythmic verve, and masterly orchestration combine in what many consider to be one of Rachmaninoff’s greatest compositions – his “Paganini Variations.” The orchestra performs this masterwork with the amazing Christopher O’Reilly as our piano soloist. Acclaimed for his engaging and deeply committed performances, O’Riley is known to millions as the host of NPR’s “From the Top.”  As a classical pianist, he performs around the world and has garnered widespread praise for his untiring efforts to reach new audiences by performing piano arrangements of popular alternative music from Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Nirvana and more. His playing has been described as being “laced with an otherworldly elegance that can’t be duplicated.”

On the second half of the concert we have one of the greatest orchestral masterpieces, “Symphonie Fantastique” by Hector Berlioz. This symphony describes the tortured dreams of a sensitive artist in lovesick despair who becomes haunted by visions of an unattainable woman. This will be the first time the SOST has performed “Symphonie Fantastique.”


Concert co-sponsors: Regina Rogers and Symphony League of Beaumont


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