The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association will ends its concert season with Hector Berlioz’s extraordinary “Symphonie Fantastique” on Saturday.
The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra will be led by Music Director Dan Allcott.
“Symphonie Fantastique” is a musical tale of unrequited love as allegedly experienced by the composer himself in a dream sequence, a press release said.
The concert will be held at Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and it will also include “River Rouge Transfiguration” by living American composer Missy Mazzoli, and two pieces from Berlioz’s “Tristia,” “Death of Ophelia” and “Religious Meditation,” featuring the Oak Ridge Chorus, which will be led by Jaclyn Johnson.
“A musical concert is a little bit like a story,” said Mike Cates, who writes the program notes for the concert. “It has a beginning, which hopefully will engage us, a development of the plot—which for music might include a number of separate, maybe dissimilar works—and an ending, a finale. Especially in musical concerts, the finale is often what the whole concert builds toward, as in this, our final concert of the season. And, as you will hear, we end on a wonderful note.”
Composed when Berlioz was only 26 years old, and only six years after “Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony” was written, “Symphonie Fantastique” is considered a landmark piece in symphonic repertoire not only for its use of colorful instrumentation, but also because it was the first symphony to intentionally tell a story, the press release said.
Patrons are invited to mingle and enjoy refreshments following the season-ending concert, the release said. For more information, send an email to [email protected] or call (865) 483-5569.
“Fantastique Finale” is made possible with support from the University of Tennessee-Battelle and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the press release said. Additional support for the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association is provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission and WUOT FM 91.9.
Tickets are available for purchase at www.ORCMA.org, by calling (865) 483-5569, or at the door. General adult admission is $25. A discounted young adult ticket (ages 19-29) is available for $10. The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association participates in the Penny4Arts program. All students 18 and under may attend any Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, or Chamber Music Series concert for free during the 2017-2018 season.
This press release was submitted by Lisa Muci Eckhoff.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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