Berkeley Symphony Opening Night "Program 1: MAGICAL"

Zellerbach Hall

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An evening of enchanting and epic music, including contemporary composer Kaija Saariaho’s Bergman-inspired Laterna Magica

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  • $9 for one ticket for balcony seating (up to $20 value)
  • $17 for one ticket for front-orchestra, rear-orchestra, or rear-side mezzanine seating (up to $33 value)
  • $29 for one ticket for side-orchestra seating (up to $53 value)
  • $29 for one ticket for side-mezzanine or tier (up to $53 value)
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The Program

Soprano Simone Osborne joins the Berkeley Symphony for an evening of sweeping music fit to celebrate the symphony’s 46th year.

  • Berlioz—Les nuits d’été: The title of this collection—Summer Nights in English—is a reference to one of Shakespeare’s most surreal comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The structures of the compositions parallel the structure of the play; though the opening and ending pieces seem to be laughing, the middle pieces come from some ethereal, dreamlike plane.
  • Saariaho—Laterna Magica: The Finnish composer, who was named Musician of the Year by Musical America in 2008, was inspired by the films and life of Ingmar Bergman for this composition—and particularly by the director’s characterization of the human soul as a “damp red thing.”
  • Ravel—Boléro: Tantalizingly brief, Ravel’s “ballet for orchestra” has achieved notoriety for many reasons, from its sustained crescendo—one of the longest in any orchestral piece—to its deceptively simple repetitions. Another claim to fame: as an unlikely pop hit in 1980, thanks to a rather risqué appearance in Bo Derek film 10.

Berkeley Symphony

  • 1969: British maestro Adrian Boult's protégé Thomas Rarick debuts the Berkeley Promenade Orchestra—which, in true '60s spirit, performs wearing casual clothes in unconventional settings while being conducted entirely by good vibes.
  • 1978: Kent Nagano takes the reins as music director, heralding such changes as programming focusing on rarely heard 20th-century scores, a switch to formal attire, and a name change.
  • 1984: The orchestra joins forces with Frank Zappa for a critically acclaimed concert featuring elaborate stage sets and life-size puppets.
  • 2003: The orchestra gets a comfortable pullout sofa and therefore its first composer-in-residence: Naomi Sekiya, whose Sinfonia delle Ombre for two guitars and orchestra debuts later that year.
  • 2009: Joana Carneiro becomes the third music director in the orchestra's 40-year history, forging relationships with prominent Bay Area composers such as John Adams, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Paul Dresher.

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