Greensboro Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Night of Mystery

Dana Auditorium - Guilford College

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Acclaimed pianist Cathal Breslin joins the symphony for a pre-Halloween program of eerie works by Dukas, Liszt, and Prokofiev

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The Program

Irish-born pianist and 2007 Viotti International Piano Competition champion Cathal Breslin, who’s also soloed at Carnegie Hall and played with illustrious symphonies around the world, helps the CSO set the scene for Halloween with a program of spine-tingling melodies. Entitled “Night of Mystery,” each piece is filled with mood, beauty, and palpable menace, as further intensified by Breslin’s masterful keystrokes.

  • Dukas—The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Made famous as the track that accompanies Mickey Mouse’s disastrous foray into hands-free house cleaning in Disney’s Fantasia, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice becomes perfect accompaniment for high-flying feats and escalating antics.
  • Liszt—Mephisto Waltz No. 1 for Piano Solo: With its lickity-split piano runs and boogie-woogie underpinning, this waltz (the first in a series of four) kicks off like an 1859 predecessor to “Great Balls of Fire.” That descriptor becomes even more apt when looking at the composition’s story—a tale of the Devil crashing a wedding fest, grabbing a violin, and stirring up maddening passion.
  • Liszt—Totentanz: The death-obsessed Liszt gets medieval by centering the counterpart to his “dance of death” around Gregorian-based passages. But it’s that percussive, almost conversational piano melody that makes this dance macabre so memorable.
  • Prokofiev—”Dance of the Knights” from Romeo & Juliet: This foreboding melody, which comes on like a freight train of brass before mellowing into serene flutes, marks the moment Romeo first lays eyes on Juliet.
  • Saint-Saëns—Dance Macabre: When Death exhumes the dead for his yearly dance (on Halloween at midnight, FYI), he plays this energetic 1874 tone poem, which gets skeletons rattling their bones (represented by the xylophones) until the rooster’s crow.
  • Sibelius—Valse Triste: Translated as “Sad Waltz” and originally crafted for a a play called Kuolema (Death), this whirling piece for strings and flutes starts tells the story of a dying woman’s last dance with a trio of specters.
  • Mussorgsky—Night on Bald Mountain: A tone poem representing a witches’ sabbath on St. John’s Eve, Night on Bald Mountain is best known its hair-raising opening, where slowly climbing strings and woodwinds get swallowed whole by horns. Like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the composition is also famous for its use in the most frightening segment of Disney’s Fantasia.

Greensboro Symphony Orchestra

The Greensboro Symphony’s mighty oak has grown from the most acornic of beginnings—its story started in the 1920s with a group of musicians at Woman's College. Over the years, the symphony has grown into a cultural cornerstone of the community, with community-outreach programs, youth-involvement events, a secret volcano headquarters, and an endowment fund.

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