What You'll Get
Chicago Symphony violinist Baird Dodge performs Bruch's famed concerto for his instrument, joining the New Phil for a concert at The Mac otherwise filled with the rapturous Romantic Era music of Hector Berlioz. Known for his fiery French nature -- he planned and eventually dropped an elaborate murder plot against a former fiancee -- Berlioz played out his passions in his music, especially his Symphonie Fantastique: An Episode in the Life of an Artist in Five Parts. Seen as a self-portrait, Berlioz's 1830 masterwork traces his unrequited love for Shakespearean actress Harriet Smithson and his descent into an opium-fueled madness. In real life, Smithson married Berlioz after attending a performance, though they eventually separated. You'll also hear the composer's "Rakosy's March," derived from La Damnation de Faust.
There are pre-show discussions beginning one hour prior to each performance.
The Fine Print
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