- $22 for one ticket to see Tucson Symphony’s Berlioz & Ravel: Poetry in Music (up to $43 value)
- When: Friday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
- Seating: section B
- Doortime: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
Dreamlike mystery defines this concert, as the setlist includes not one but two references to fantastical Shakespeare characters. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano sings three Ravel poems, and conductor George Hanson leads a pre-concert discussion at 6:30 p.m.<p>
- Berlioz—Queen Mab Scherzo from Roméo et Juliette: In Romeo and Juliet Queen Mab is the fairy charged with the distribution of dreams. Her frivolity nearly becomes madness in this piece as the melody frantically hops from horns to piccolos to the full orchestra.
- 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 plane.
- Ravel—Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé: Shimmering strings usher in a soprano melody that, though beautiful, is discomforting in its lack of resolve. This unconventionality is perfectly suited to the poetry of Mallarmé, a symbolist whose work inspired some of the art world’s most revolutionary movements.
- Ravel—Le Tombeau de Couperin: Composed between 1914 and 1917, this lush suite is a memorial: each of the six movements is dedicated to a friend who died in World War I. By contrast, the tone is rather sprightly. Ravel himself had an explanation. “The dead are sad enough, in their eternal silence.”<p>